Dharavi on Friday, where doctors are seen screening patients, reported eight new cases and no deaths. Total ca…Read MoreMUMBAI: An analysis of the 5,024 fresh cases reported on Friday showed merely 26% or 1,297 cases were from Mumbai, while 74% were from outside Mumbai, indicating a rapid rise in other parts of the state. Mumbai on Friday had a total of 72,175 cases.
The city’s share in the state’s caseload has been on the decline even as MMR’s share has been steadily increasing. Between June 20 and 26, a total of 28,434 cases were reported, of which 8,036 were from Mumbai—28%. The week before that, from June 13 to 19, the number of cases in the state were 23,190, of which 8,688 cases were from Mumbai—37%. Though the number of cases in the state is on the rise, the number of cases being reported from the city show a decline. In the last two weeks, there has been more than 20% jump in cases in the state even as rise in Mumbai’s cases declined by 8%.
Health minister Rajesh Tope said the state was expecting cases to go up in July and August. “But we are working to ensure the fatality rate doesn’t go up. We are increasing the number of ICU beds and doctors to meet the demand,” said Tope, who was in Pune. He also said the cabinet has decided to avail services of PG final year medical students in the ICU wards.
The city, meanwhile, is gearing up for arrival of rapid antibody kits which will be used to check infection within containment areas and among healthcare workers. Even as cases are on the decline, civic officials said they are readying about 500 ICU beds, anticipating a rise in cases due to monsoon. “Once rains pick up we will understand how the epidemic progresses,” said AMC Suresh Kakani. Official also said bed occupancy has been declining. On Friday, over 100 of 1,375 ICU beds were vacant. Worryingly though, the number of cases in BEST crossed the 600-mark on Friday.
Thane witnessed its biggest one-day spike as 365 patients were reported, taking the tally to 7,456, while four deaths took the toll to 249.