MUMBAI: After the city recorded 3,041 cases on May 24, cases have marginally reduced in the state and the city. Mumbai has recorded 1,097 and 1,002 cases in the last two days, a respite from the positive cases in the range of 1500-1700 for days earlier.
The state’s public health department said the doubling rate , which was 11.5 days till last week, had increased to 14.7 days as on Wednesday. Also, the discharge rate of the state had climbed to 31% from the 26% last week. In Mumbai, over 9,000 people have recovered and gone home.
Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said the civic corporation was closely monitoring the doubling rate, which has been getting better in certain wards. “In terms of early disease detection, we have also started mobile X-ray clinics in Dharavi on Wednesday. We will soon be deploying more mobile X-ray facilities across the high-density pockets,” he said. Kakani added that the jumbo facility at the MMRDA grounds in Bandra has started admitting patients, and currently 40 are under treatment there. Dharavi on Wednesday saw 18 cases, the lowest in a month, and 1 death.
Meanwhile, three patients died in the past 24 hours while 57 cases were reported from Kalyan-Dombivli, taking the total numbers of patients there to 882, including 26 deaths. All 3 who died were women, and 2 of them who were above 70 years old had health issues.
Besides Mumbai, 16 deaths were reported from Thane, 10 from Jalgaon, 9 from Pune, 7 each from Navi Mumbai and Raigad, 6 from Akola, 4 from Aurangabad, 3 each from Nashik and Solapur, 2 from Satara and one each from Ahmednagar, Nagpur, Nandurbar, Panvel and Vasai-Virar. Additionally, there was a death of a Gujarat resident in Mumbai.
Cases in rural parts of the state were going up after many people from red zones were going back to their hometowns. Returnees from Mumbai, Pune and other hotspots like Malegaon started reaching their villages/towns in Vidarbha from May 17 onwards. A surge in number of cases, especially in rural areas, has been witnessed in the region since. Especially, tribal-dominated districts like Gondia, Gadchiroli and Bhandara have been hit .
Maharashtra, as on Wednesday, had 72 labs conducting swab tests, and 12.5% of the total tests conducted in the country were done in the state, officials said. Maharashtra has conducted 3,142 tests per million population against the national figure of 2,363 tests per million population, officials said.