Covid-19: Maharashtra’s May toll highest ever, but daily recovery high too | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: The state has recorded nearly 20,000 confirmed Covid deaths in May, making it one of the deadliest months since the start of the pandemic. On Sunday, with the addition of 726 previous deaths (those that occurred earlier in the month) along with 594 recorded over the last 48 hours, took May’s mortality numbers to 19,807. The state’s cumulative death toll has now touched 88,620.
Although cases have been declining steadily, the state continues to see between 500-700 deaths daily. State officials are expecting the high death toll to continue for weeks since there is a lag in mortalities after a peak in cases. On Sunday, Maharashtra reported 26,672 new Covid positive cases, the fourth day in a row when the state saw below 30,000 cases. The state’s caseload has now increased to 55.79 lakh.
Mumbai, however, saw a marginal rise in cases and the daily positivity rate. On Sunday, the city recorded 1,427 new cases, a jump from 1,283 cases recorded on Saturday, pushing the case tally to 6,96,910. A total of 49 deaths were reported in the city on Sunday, taking the overall toll to 14,565. On the other hand, the state’s active cases dropped to 3,48,395, while that of the city came down to 28,284.
The city’s daily positivity rate jumped to 6.13% after dropping to under 5% on Friday and Saturday. Dr Mangala Gomare, BMC’s executive health officer said that a drop in testing usually pushes up the positivity rate. A taskforce member expressed concern that the city has plateaued at 1,400-1,500 cases and hasn’t managed to reduce cases further. CM Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday interacted with over 6,300 paediatricians to discuss preparations for the third wave. “Though the state has managed to control the cases, Covid threat still exists,” he said.
While the Mumbai Metropolitan Region recorded 87 fatalities, Pune rural recorded 84 deaths, its highest on Sunday. On a positive note, both the state and Mumbai reported more discharges than daily new cases — 29,177 and 1,470— taking the total recoveries to 51.40 lakh and 6.52 lakh, respectively.

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