2,940 cases take tally to 44,582; toll crosses 1,500

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Swap­nil Rawal swap­nil.rawal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

and Mum­bai recorded the high­est sin­gle­day rise in Covid-19 cases on Fri­day, with their tally ris­ing to 44,582 and 27,251 re­spec­tively. While the state re­ported 2,940 cases, there were 1,751 cases recorded in the city.

The state’s virus fa­tal­i­ties crossed 1,500, as 63 deaths were re­ported on Fri­day, tak­ing the toll to 1,517.

Of the fa­tal­i­ties, 27 were in Mum­bai, nine in Pune, eight in Jal­gaon, five in So­la­pur, three each in Va­sai-vi­rar and Au­rangabad city, two in Satara, and one each in Male­gaon, Thane, Kalyan-dom­bivli, Ul­has­na­gar,

Pan­vel and Nag­pur.

Mean­while, data from the state Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Drugs de­part­ment has re­vealed that 86.74% of the state’s 39,144 Covid-19 pa­tients are be­low the age of 60. The de­part­ment has an­a­lysed data till May 20.

Of these pa­tients, 3.61% cases are of peo­ple up to 10 years; 7.05% are be­tween 11 and 20 years; 21.08% are be­tween 21 and 30 years; 21.44% are be­tween 31 and 40 years, 17.76% are be­tween 41 and 50 years; and 15.80% are be­tween 51 and 60 years.

How­ever, high­light­ing that peo­ple in the 50-plus age group are most vul­ner­a­ble to the dis­ease, the de­part­ment put the num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties in this age group at 71% of the 998 deaths.

State health de­part­ment of­fi­cials said mea­sures to iso­late and treat peo­ple, who are over the age of 60 with co­mor­bidi­ties, have helped keep them from con­tract­ing the dis­ease.

“In Mum­bai and in other hotspots, we have fo­cused our search for peo­ple over 60 years as they are vul­ner­a­ble. We have ad­vised lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to iso­late these peo­ple from densely pop­u­lated ar­eas,” a health de­part­ment of­fi­cial, who did not want to be named, said. Ma­ha­rash­tra has clocked more than 2,000 new in­fec­tions ev­ery day for the past six days, record­ing 14,042 new cases and 382 deaths.

AN­SHU­MAN POYREKAR/HT

Pas­sen­gers main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing at Mum­bai Cen­tral Ter­mi­nus on Fri­day.

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