Mumbai: City records 925 new cases, 285 death reported in state in 24 hrs

Swapnil MishraUpdated: Wednesday, June 02, 2021, 11:35 PM IST
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Maharashtra saw a marginal rise in its daily COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. 15,169 new cases and 285 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The tally now stands at 57,76,184 with 96,751 fatalities. Meanwhile, the recovery rate has touched 94.54 per cent. 29,270 patients have recovered, taking the total recoveries to 54,60,589.

Mumbai, meanwhile, reported less than 1,000 for the third day in a row. 925 new cases and 31 fatalities were reported on Wednesday. The tally now stands at 7,08,007 with 14,938 deaths so far. Meanwhile, the doubling rate has increased to 477 days and the weekly growth rate has dropped to 0.14 per cent.

Dr Subhash Salunke, adviser to the government of Maharashtra on COVID-19 management, attributed various factors to the decline. “The lockdown played an important role in the decline and even the urban population was careful,” said Salunke. He attributed the rise in cases in rural areas to the casual attitude of the people.

The deaths that occurred in May are mainly those who were affected by COVID-19 in April.

Dr Rahul Pandit, a member of the state task force, said that those who are succumbing to the disease are not new patients and were admitted to the hospital at least three weeks ago. He said that the virus is fatal and patients are coming in a critical position. “These are the patients who were admitted almost three weeks ago, but didn’t recover and succumbed to the disease. They are not new patients,” he said.

Dr Avinash Supe, chairman of the state death audit committee, said that the number of deaths is higher in districts that have no medical college or have weak health infrastructure. “Oxygen shortage and infrastructure inadequacy led to a rise in the number of deaths this year, especially in rural areas. Several regions saw a limited spread last year. This year, when cases suddenly rose in these areas, the infrastructure was unprepared to handle the wave,” he said.

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