With a drop in testing over the weekend, fewer Covid-19 detections in Maharashtra & Mumbai | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Maharashtra and Mumbai reported a significant dip in daily detections in Covid cases on Monday. Maharashtra reported 4,505 new cases, the lowest in nearly six months, since February 16 (3,663). Mumbai reported 208 cases on Monday, lowest since April 2020 (183).
Officials attributed the dip to a drop in testing over the weekend. Maharashtra conducted only 1.5 lakh tests on Sunday, as against over 2 lakh on weekdays.
The state and city also reported a dip in fatalities. Maharashtra reported 63 deaths, of which three were in Mumbai. Cases in the state rose to 63.5 lakh and toll touched 1,34,064. Mumbai on Monday reported 7.3 lakh cases and 15,954 deaths. As per civic data of 4,000-odd active cases, 2,700 are symptomatic, while 1,400 are asymptomatic. Critical cases dropped to 475. Since the state has allowed relaxations, civic hospitals have been told to stay prepared for an increase in admissions. SevenHills Hospital dean Dr Balkrishna Adsul said their current occupancy was little over 400, out of the 1,850 beds. “We are ready. Besides adults, we created an-80 bed pediatric isolation ward and 20-bed paediatric ICU,” he said, adding that the hospital is admitting 40-50 patients daily.
Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said they plan to strengthen testing and augment daily numbers once local trains resume. The city’s positivity rate has been under 1%.


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