Maharashtra is also inching close to Russia, which, with 10.5 lakh cases, is the fourth worst-hit country.
The total number of cases in the state is now 10,15,681, said the state government update. Of the 442 deaths added to the toll on Friday, 393 were reported during the day while 49 occurred earlier but could only be added to the tally only now, the state update said. The state has been reporting over 300 deaths every day for the last nine days, taking its total fatalities to 28,724. Maharashtra added 2.5 lakh cases between August 28 and September 10 as against 1.7 lakh cases between August 14 and 27, making up for a 48% rise in cases in a fortnight.
State adding 1 lakh cases in 5 days, surge worries govt
Data shows 50% of the state’s 1 million Covid cases were added in just 35 days. Maharashtra had 5 lakh cases on August 8. Also, the state is currently adding 1 lakh new cases in just 5 days. Before Friday, the state’s daily high in terms of cases was 23,816, on September 9.
“The Covid march across Maharashtra seems totally out of control,” said a state government doctor. However, a state task force member said a 15-day stringent ‘test, trace and treat’ formula should be able to bring the numbers back on track.
Public health minister Rajesh Tope told TOI the surge in cases were a cause for concern. However, he said, “The only reason we are adding more cases is aggressive testing. As we have unlocked more sectors, we have ramped up testing to identify cases sooner and treat them early.” Maharashtra has done over 50 lakh tests (50.7 lakh).
He said the state was focusing on reducing deaths and streamlining availability of beds and oxygen supply. The case fatality rate of the state was 2.8% on Friday, higher than the national 1.7%. “We have taken decisions like diverting 80% industrial oxygen to the medical sector. This will help solve the oxygen supply problem to a great extent,” Tope said.
Things didn’t look much better for Mumbai. After a gap of 52 days, Dharavi registered 33 cases. The previous high of 36 was registered on July 19.
The daily Covid count in Mumbai fell from 2,371 on Thursday to 2,191 cases on Friday, but deaths increased from 38 to 44, highest in the last 21 days. Of the 44 victims, 26 had comorbidities and 34 were above the age of 60 years. The total tally and toll in Mumbai stood at 1.65 lakh cases and 8,067 deaths so far. The city’s doubling rate fell from 93 days on August 25 to 58 days on Friday. Maharashtra now has 2,71,566 active cases and the city, 27,624.
Pune region continues to drive the Covid graph with the highest addition of cases and deaths, followed by Mumbai region. Regions like Nashik, Nagpur and Kolhapur are also adding a large number of cases. Pune region added 6,786 new cases and 96 deaths. Mumbai region added 5,840 cases and 84 deaths. The Kalyan-Dombivli belt crossed 34,000 cases. The twin city reported 588 new cases and seven deaths.
In a positive sign, the state saw over 14,000 recoveries for the second day in a row.