Maharashtra deaths top 90,000, higher than some EU nations’ toll, Mumbai cases near 7L, Health News, ET HealthWorld


With continuing high fatalities, Maharashtra on Tuesday crossed the grim milestone of 90,000 Covid-19 deaths. The state added nearly 10,000 deaths in the past 10 days.

Maharashtra had 80,512 deaths on May 15, and on Tuesday, 601 were reported; another 536 were added after a week, taking the cumulative deaths to 90,349.

With this, Maharashtra has recorded more deaths than countries such as Germany and Spain.

Meanwhile, the daily additions continued to be under 30,000 for the sixth day in a row—24,136 new cases were added, taking the total to 56.2 lakh.

Mumbai is set to breach the 7 lakh mark in the number of Covid-19 cases since March 2020 and is on par with small European nations such as Switzerland, which has 6.9 lakh cases and 10,000-plus deaths so far.

On Tuesday, the city added 1,029 cases, taking the tally to 6.9 lakh. The number of deaths dropped to 37, taking the total toll to 14,650 so far.

“Although we could only conduct 20,000-odd tests, we are making efforts to increase the daily testing,”” said BMC additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani. With malls closed and curtailed train services due to the restrictions, BMC officials said they haven’t been able to carry out random testing like they used to in early April.

Kakani, though, said the positivity rate in the city has been low (below 5%) for the past few days.

The World Health Organisation has said decisions on reducing restrictions can be taken only if the test positivity rate drops stays below 5% for 15 days.

Pulmonologist Dr Lancelot Pinto from Hinduja Hospital, Mahim, said the overall Covid situation in the city is better than it was a month ago.

“The regular hospital beds are easily available but ICUs are still very busy. It will take a few more weeks for the deaths to reduce,” he said.

At the state level, several smaller districts such as Solapur, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar were adding as many deaths as cities such as Mumbai. The high death rate has been a cause for concern for the state.

Officials said with cases ebbing, the death rate in these districts will continue to be high for some more time.

There is a continued decline in active cases of the state and the rate of recovery is on the rise too. The active cases in the state dropped to 3.1 lakh, of which 27,855 were in Mumbai. The rate of recovery, too, touched 92%.

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