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Maharashtra Covid cases lowest in 69 days, expert says numbers still too high to lift all curbs | Mumbai News – Times of India

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MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Monday reported 22,122 new Covid cases, the lowest in 69 days. But fatalities continued to be high, with 361 deaths reported in the last 24 hours and 231 previous deaths added to the toll, taking the total to 89,212. The caseload rose to 56 lakh.
Officials attributed the drop in daily caseload to the dip in testing over the weekend. In the last 24 hours, the state ran 2.6 lakh tests, lower than the average 2.8 lakh it had conducted last week. However, the daily positivity rate in the state dropped to 8.3% on Monday.
The city on Monday registered 1,057 cases detected from 21,947 tests on Sunday. The positivity rate has stayed under 5% for the last four days, and the overall growth rate between May 17 and 23 was 0.2%. Further, the recovery rate in the city is 93% and the doubling rate has climbed to 334 days after plunging to a tenth a month ago.
But deaths continued to be high at 48, taking the pandemic toll to 14,671 so far. “There are 2,335 ICU patients in the city. If there is an unfortunate outcome in even 2% of these patients, the toll would be over 40 deaths. This is a high number. Clearly, we still need to be cautious,” said a doctor from a BMC hospital.
Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of the state government’s Covid task force, said cases are still too high in both Mumbai and Maharashtra to completely ease the restrictions placed in the last week of April. “The burden on hospitals across the state is still high. We still need to take steps to check the disease spread and ensure that people follow Covid-appropriate behaviour,” he said.
The number of active cases in the state stands at 3.3 lakh, including 28,299 in Mumbai, but thankfully, the rate of recovery is over 92%. The daily caseload in Maharashtra had barely crossed 25,000 during the first wave in 2020, but the tally was over 30,000 on most days during the second wave.



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