MUMBAI: The state reported 67,123 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, the highest-ever for a day since the outbreak of the pandemic in March last year.
She state also reported a surge in fatalities, with 419 deaths, the highest in nearly 200 days since October 2, when 424 deaths were recorded. It was the first time in months that the deaths crossed the 400 mark.
The total caseload in the state reached 37.7 lakh and deaths touched 59,970.
In Mumbai, cases continued to be under 9,000 for the third consecutive day with 8811 detections on Saturday. Deaths in the city were high at 51, taking the toll since March 2020 to 12,301. The tally has so far reached 5.7 lakh.
“Although many presume that Mumbai has reached the peak, we want to look at the daily caseload for another week before agreeing,” additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said.
Dr Ishwar Gilada, public health expert and secretary general, Organised Medicine Academic Guild (OMAG), said that the state was nearing its peak or was already at the peak. As per the data compiled by him, the state has reported a 4.7-fold jump in daily detections in the last 30 days, as against states like UP and Bihar, which reported 226- and 142-fold jump, respectively. The new cases in Maharashtra on March 10 were 13,659, which had gone up to 63,729 on Friday, April 16.
Although social media has many messages seeking beds, oxygen and the antiviral remdesivir for patients, Kakani said the city had adequate facilities. The city has over 20,456 beds, with almost 20% of these vacant. “The fact that Mumbai has enough beds is borne out by the fact that we could between Friday evening and Saturday night transfer 168 patients, 40 of whom were critical, from six BMC hospitals to our bigger centres,” Kakani said.
The transfers were necessitated by oxygen shortage.
The second wave has affected the affluent classes in contrast to the first wave that swept across slums in the city. “As most patients coming in now are affluent, they prefer private beds,” a BMC official said. Private hospital beds have risen from 4,800 during the first wave to 6,610 now.
While the recovery rate in the city has fallen from 96% in January to 82%, the doubling rate has improved from 33 days a week back to 44 days on Saturday.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region reported 17,975 cases and 85 deaths on Saturday. Nashik division reported 108 deaths, the most in the state.