Maha records 3,874 fresh cases

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Suren­dra P Gan­gan letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

For the third con­sec­u­tive day, Ma­ha­rash­tra recorded its high­est 24-hour jump in coro­n­avirus cases with 3,874 more in­fec­tions on Saturday, tak­ing the tally to 1,24,331. Mum­bai, the worst af­fected city, recorded its high­est sin­gle-day spike in deaths with 136 fa­tal­i­ties tak­ing the tally to 3,561.

The state’s Covid-19 death toll also rose by 160 push­ing the fa­tal­ity count to 6,053. In­dia’s worst-af­fected city, Mum­bai, re­ported 1,190 new cases with case count reach­ing 65,329. Of the deaths re­ported on Saturday, 10 were in Jal­gaon and 6 in Au­rangabad, be­sides 136 in Mum­bai.

The state’s recovery rate is 50.04%, as 64,153 pa­tients are re­ported to have re­cov­ered so far, with 1,380 pa­tients dis­charged on Saturday. The recovery rate in the state stands at 4.67%.

The to­tal num­ber of dis­charged pa­tients in Mum­bai was 32,867, with a recovery rate of 50%. Ac­tive cases in the city stood at 28,893. The mor­tal­ity rate in the city as of Saturday was 5.45%, and the dou­bling rate has reached 34 days. Dhar­avi, one of the crit­i­cal hotspots in Mum­bai, re­ported its low­est num­ber of cases since the first week of April. On Saturday, only seven cases were recorded, tak­ing the to­tal count of the area to 2,158, with 80 deaths re­ported so far. A makeshift 1,000-bed Covid-19 hos­pi­tal has been set up in the premises of en­gi­neer­ing com­pany Richard­son and Crud­das in By­culla, ac­cord­ing to BMC.

In a state­ment on Saturday, the civic body in­formed that of the 1,000 beds, 300 are ICU beds with oxy­gen sup­ply and other fa­cil­i­ties. The hos­pi­tal will be ready to use by the end of June.

State author­i­ties, how­ever, are wary about the rapid spread of the virus in some parts of the state, mainly be­cause of the weak health in­fra­struc­ture.

“We could con­tain the spread well in Mum­bai, but the curve is dis­turbed due to the cases in other parts of the state. CMUd­dhav Thack­eray has asked the dis­trict col­lec­tors and civic chiefs to pull the socks and con­tain the spread...,”an of­fi­cial said.

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