With over 4,800 cases in a day, Maharashtra notches new high of COVID-19 cases

The number of new corona cases in the state breached the 4,000-mark after hovering close to it for the last five days. There were 4,841 new corona cases (including 192 deaths) recorded on Thursday, the highest single-day spike so far, taking the overall count to 1,47,741, with 6,931 deaths. Health experts have attributed this surge to the lockdown relaxation and increased Covid testing daily.

“Forty-eight of the 192 deaths occurred in the last 48 hours, while the remaining 83 had occurred in the last three months and were updated in the progressive count on Thursday.These include 40 deaths in Mumbai, 31 in Thane, four each in Palghar, Solapur and one each in Malegaon, Yavatmal, Jalgaon and Pune,” said an official.

State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradip Awate said cases had increased because of increased testing, but their growth rate had reduced to 3 per cent, from the 17 per cent recorded in April-May. “We now have 104 testing labs and daily testing has increased to 18,000 from the earlier 14,000. This is why numbers have increased. Lockdown relaxation is another important factor in this rise,” he said.

According to the dashboard of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, until June 23, the city had 18,392 hospitals beds, of which 12,183 are occupied by the patients, which means 34 per cent of beds are vacant at the hospitals. “There has been a drastic reduction in the number of patients, as until June 6, bed vacancies were six per cent and this number stood at 34 per cent as on June 23. Moreover, nearly 60 per cent undergoing treatment at various hospital or quarantine centres in the city,” said an official.

“Fifty-eight of the 90 deaths occurred in the last 48 hours, while 40 were from the previous period. However, 69 patients had comorbidities,” said Dr Daksha Shah, executive health officer, BMC. Meanwhile, on Thursday, 790 people with suspected Covid symptoms were admitted to various government centres in Mumbai.

Currently, there are 104 laboratories for Covid diagnosis in the state – 61 government and 43 private. Of the 8,48,026 laboratory samples, 1,47,740 have been tested positive (17.42%) for Covid-19 until Thursday. Currently, 5,56,428 people are in home quarantine and 33,952 in institutional quarantine.

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