Passengers arriving at Mumbai airport after the resumption of domestic flight services.
Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from Mumbai.
* Update at 9.36am: Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 4,167, cases climb to 1,45,380 in the country, reports PTI quoting Union health ministry.
* The city reported its first Covid-19 death on March 17, six days after it reported the first case on March 11
While it took the city 34 days to reach the first 100 deaths since the first case was reported, the subsequent 100s came at smaller intervals. The first 100 deaths were reported on April 13 when Mumbai had 1,540 positive cases. The next 100 were added in 13 days, after which the intervals were reduced to single digits. The fourth, fifth and sixth hundred deaths were added in four days each. The fastest addition, from 734 to 800 deaths, came in two days: May 17 to 19. The subsequent intervals were 3 days each.
* In a bid to check the number of Covid-19 deaths, the BMC is fine-tuning its contact-tracing programme and will now quarantine up to 15 high-risk contacts—as against five earlier—of every positive patient from the slums.
While the new policy would drastically increase the number of people being tested, BMC commissioner I S Chahal on Monday told his health staff and assistant municipal commissioners (ward officers) to not worry about the increasing number of Covid-19 cases as long as deaths could be prevented.
* The fatality rate for Covid-19 in the city has been the highest at 8.1% for those aged above 60. The rate is exactly half at 4% for those in the age group of 40-60 years and less than 1% for those under 40, shows a BMC analysis of 988 deaths. The diabetes -hypertension combination has emerged as the biggest predominant underlying co-morbidity among the deceased.
* Flight display board showing a mass of cancellation, passengers in gloves and masks and air-hostesses in hazmat suits. Add to that heated exchanges between passengers and airline staff. The scene at Mumbai airport T2 on Monday was akin to a dysfunctional future flick as resumption of domestic flights got off to a turbulent start with 75% being cancelled following the state’s decision to limit flight movements to only 50 Sunday evening.
* The city on Monday crossed 1,000 Covid-19 deaths, 76 days after the virus entered Mumbai and two months after the countrywide lockdown was announced. The city’s death toll stood at 1,026 with the addition of 38 deaths on Monday; 736 of the 1,026 deaths have occurred in May alone.