The highest cases in a day earlier were 23,350 in the state on September 6, and Mumbai had reported a high of 2,077 cases 74 days ago, on June 27. The state also recorded 325 Covid-19 fatalities on Wednesday. It has been reporting over 300 deaths every day for the past one week.
The total fatalities in the state are now at 27,787. Mumbai, which has been recording over 40 deaths over the past two days, added 43 deaths on Wednesday, the highest in 19 days, taking the city’s total Covid deaths to 7,985.Active cases in the state crossed 2.5 lakh cases on Wednesday, and the positivity rate too is on the rise; it was 19.8% on Wednesday. A senior state official said that the high number of deaths in the state was a cause for concern as Maharashtra contributed nearly 38% of the total deaths in the country.
A civic official said a majority of deaths continue to be in patients with co-morbidities. “Out of the 43 deaths, 37 patients had comorbidities. Hence we want people to not delay diagnosis and seek care in time,” said a civic official, adding that a big jump in testing numbers is contributing to more cases. The official said that ICU beds are being added in the jumbo facilities to tackle the surge in cases.
The Pune region added the highest number of cases while the Mumbai region reported the highest deaths on Wednesday. Pune region added 6,591 cases and 66 deaths, taking its total cases to 2.5 lakh, with 5,923 deaths. Mumbai region added 6,234 cases and 83 deaths, taking the total cases to 3.7 lakh and deaths to 13,584.
Meanwhile, in MMR, Kalyan-Dombivli reported over 500 cases in a day. On Wednesday, there were 536 Covid-19 patients and 8 deaths there, taking the total number of patients to 32,929, with 699 deaths. The twin city currently has 4,290 active patients. Looking at the surge in cases again, there have been demands for a weekend lockdown in Kalyan-Dombivli.
In a letter written to KDMC chief Dr Vijay Surywanshi, some people have demanded weekend lockdowns seen in states like Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In terms of measures, the civic body with the police has started taking action against those not wearing masks. Madhavi Phofale, Public Relations Officer of KDMC said, “Since April, we have collected fines of Rs 5 lakh from such people.”
There were 355 positive cases from NMMC on Wednesday, taking the total Covid-19 count there to 29,165. But 86% of the patients there have recovered from the coronavirus. Five deaths took the total toll there to 640. The Panvel City Municipal Corporation area reported 254 cases and one death. The total cases there are 13,867, while deaths are 321.
With the largescale addition in cases, the recovery rate of the state reported a dip on Wednesday. A total of 6.8 lakh people have recovered so far, taking the recovery rate to 70.9%.
(Inputs by Pradeep Gupta, Vijay Singh, Umesh K Parida)