MUMBAI: The state added 1,233 cases, its second highest jump in a day so far. The previous highest single-day addition was 1,567 cases on May 4, but the public health department had not given it as a consolidated increase but had split it into two sets, one of which included older test reports.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan, who had a meeting with his state counterpart Rajesh Tope, said in a presser in Delhi that the situation in Maharashtra was a “matter of concern” as 34 out of 36 districts are affected by Covid-19. He said they will hold a meeting with CM Uddhav Thackeray as well to discuss further course of action.
Despite the deaths, the case fatality rate in the state and the city has continued to decline and is at 3.88% and 3.84% respectively. Of the 25 deaths, 19 patients had co-morbidities. 15 were men and 10 women. One death was of a person below 40 years old, and 12 were of those above 60 years. The remaining dozen deaths were of people aged between 40 and 60.
Commenting on the jump in cases, BMC said 215 were patients tested between May 2 and May 4, and their reports were added to the tally on Wednesday. The BMC said it was planning to set-up more corona care centres (CCCs) in the next two weeks. CCC2s are where asymptomatic positives from dense slum pockets are being kept. The new facilities being developed are at Mahalaxmi race course, Nehru Science Centre, MMRDA ground in BKC, Mahim Nature Park and NESCO Ground, Goregaon. “With these new facilities, total capacity will be enhanced from existing 14,000 to 34,000 beds,” said AMC Suresh Kakani. The critical care beds are being increased from 3,000 to 4,750 in hospitals like Nair, KEM, Seven Hills, etc. Mobile ICU beds are also being planned at the NSCI Dome.
The civic body said the recovery rate was miles ahead of fatality rate, and citizens shouldn’t panic. “Out of the total cases reported, 21% patients in the city have recovered and gone home. Citizens are requested not to panic if they test positive,” the civic body said in a statement. It told people not to rush to big hospitals as asymptomatic patients can be homequarantined if they met the health and other criteria.
Three deaths each were recorded in Akola and Pune and one each in Jalgaon and Solapur. There was also one death of an Uttar Pradesh resident. Thane recorded 3 deaths.
Source : Times Of India