Maharashtra, Mumbai, Pune Coronavirus News Live Updates: Maharashtra reported 9,518 Covid-19 cases on Sunday – the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic. The last highest spike was recorded three days ago at 8,641. Overall, 3.1 lakh cases have been recorded in the state since March.
Across the state, 258 people succumbed to Covid-19, up from the previous-day toll of 144. With this, the state has reported a toll of 11,854 deaths so far.
While all 36 districts recorded Covid-19 cases on Sunday, at least 12 recorded more than 100 cases. Mumbai accounted for only 10 per cent of the cases at 1,038, while Pune surpassed it with 1,812 cases
In what indicates a fast viral transmission in areas other than Pune and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), districts like Gondia, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Wardha and Gadchiroli, which had been recording one or two cases, are now showing an increased count. Gadchiroli reported 17, Chandrapur 14, Bhandara eight, Wardha five and Gondia four cases on Sunday.
It took only six days for the state to record around 50,000 cases. Of the cases recorded on Sunday, about 30 per cent (2,860) were recorded in the MMR, followed by Pimpri Chinchwad (851), Nashik (565), Raigad (385), Aurangabad (318), Vasai Virar (276), Kolhapur (206), Panvel (187) and Jalgaon (148).
While prediction models have not been entirely accurate, state health officials said they expect Maharashtra to peak with 25,000 to 30,000 cases per day by August or September.
Private hospitals and Covid-19 patients have continued to engage in a tug of war despite efforts by the state government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to find a middle ground by capping fees and reserving beds for patients. Read More
The chaos of the Covid-19 pandemic has brought panic and desperation among those affected. Not just isolation protocols that separate patients from their families but also the distress at not being able to access health facilities quickly, shortage of the still unproved drugs, such as Remdesevir and Tocilizumab, which doctors have been quick to prescribe but people forced to buy from the black market at exorbitant rates, the disease has been challenging the afflicted and their families at every step. At such a time, a clutch of good samaritans, who offer to find a hospital bed or stand for hours to buy medicines, have made a difference in the lives of many. The Indian Express spoke to five persons whose selfless and timely help has given families of Covid-19 patients much relief. Read More
In just over a month, the number of new Covid-19 cases being reported from residential buildings and high-rises has seen 108 per cent increase, while slums and other congested areas have reported 60 per cent increase in cases, data from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) state. Read More
Faster identification through increased testing and early treatment by isolating Covid-19 patients have helped the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) bring down fatality rate to below three per cent, which is closer to the national figure. However, the concern remains about the critical rate of 4.28 per cent, which has posed a challenge to the capabilities of the health infrastructure in the city.
As on July 17, PMC brought down its fatality rate due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to 2.69 per cent, closer to 2.53 per cent for the entire country. PMC had a higher fatality rate than that of the state and country, but in the last one month it has come below the state fatality rate, which is now at 3.91 per cent. Read more
Of 11,854 dead across the state, Mumbai accounts for 5,714, Thane 2,036 and Pune 1,359. (Express photo: Amit Chakravarty)
Among the 258 people who succumbed to Covid-19 on Sunday, Mumbai accounted for 64 deaths, followed by Pune city (25), Kalyan Dombivali (22), Pimpri Chinchwad (15), Thane city (12) and Vasai Virar (11). The MMR’s toll on Sunday was 124, about 48 per cent of state’s total deaths.
In all, 25 districts in Maharashtra recorded Covid-19 deaths on Sunday. A day earlier, 15 districts had recorded Covid-19 deaths. Officials said since deaths are still not being reported in real time, some may be declared by the districts in coming days.
Of 11,854 dead across the state, Mumbai accounts for 5,714, Thane 2,036 and Pune 1,359. Thane and Mumbai are the only districts that have reported over 2,000 Covid-19 deaths.
The state’s active cases stand at 1.28 lakh at present. Mumbai has 23,697 active cases and 1.01 lakh of the total case load so far in Maharashtra.