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Day After Highest Tally, Maharashtra Sees 51,751 New Cases; Slump in Mumbai Too. State to Reserve All Oxygen Stock For Medical Use

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus wears a deserted look as Maharashtra Government announced weekend lockdown due to surge in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus wears a deserted look as Maharashtra Government announced weekend lockdown due to surge in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai, Saturday. (PTI Photo)

The numbers come a day after the first weekend lockdown announced by Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra on Monday reported 51,751 fresh coronavirus positive cases, a day after logging the highest 63,294 infections, while 258 people died, the state health department said. The state’s cumulative case tally now stands at 34,58,996 and the toll at 58,245, it said.

Maharashtra is now left with 5,64,746 active cases, the department said in a release. Mumbai saw 6,893 new cases and 43 fatalities, taking the tally to 5,27,391 and the toll to 12,066.

A total of 53,312 patients were discharged during the day in Maharashtra, taking the count of recoveries to 28,34,473, it said. With 2,08,021 new tests, the number of samples tested so far in Maharashtra has gone up to 2,23,22,393, the department added.

Currently, 32,75,224 people are in home quarantine while 29,399 people are in institutional quarantine. Maharashtra’s case recovery rate is 81.94 per cent and the fatality rate is 1.68 per cent.

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Mumbai’s COVID-19 Case Count Drops to 6,905; 43 More Die

Mumbai: Mumbai on Monday recorded 6,905 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day count so far in April, while 43 more patients succumbed to the infection, the city civic body said. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) updated data, 6,905 fresh infections took the financial capital’s COVID-19 caseload to 5,27,119, while the death toll jumped to 12,060.

For the first time since the start of the month, Mumbai has witnessed less than 8,500 daily COVID-19 cases in a day. On April 1, the metropolis had recorded 8,646 cases, while the all-time high (so far) was recorded on April 4 at 11,163. On three days in April, the daily count had crossed the 10,000-mark.

The civic body, however, conducted 39,398 COVID-19 tests during the day, nearly 10,000 less than Sunday’s figure. According to the BMC, with 9,037 COVID-19 patients getting discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, the number of recovered people rose to 4,23,678.

Presently, Mumbai has 90,267 active COVID-19, as per the civic body data. The COVID-19 recovery rate in Mumbai stood at 80 per cent, while the infection growth rate was 1.89 per cent, it said.

According to the BMC, the case doubling rate has dropped to 36 days. The civic body said the city currently has 89 active containment zones, in slums and ‘chawls’ (old multi-storeyed row tenements), and 919 sealed buildings.

Maha Using Entire Oxygen Stock for Medical Purposes: Tope

Plants in Maharashtra are producing 1,200 metric tonnes of oxygen per day and the entire stock is being used for medical purposes in view of the rising COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Monday. He also said the central government should provide Maharashtra with 1.60 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses per month.

Talking to reporters in adjoining Jalna district, Tope said the state government has decided to set up plants in hospitals which can separate and purify oxygen from the atmosphere and provide it to patients. Tope said neighbouring states are not willing to supply liquid oxygen to Maharashtra, which is reeling under a second wave of COVID-19 and has seen a rapid rise in demand for oxygen needed to treat critical patients.

He said, “Oxygen generating plants in Maharashtra are producing 1,200 metric tonnes of oxygen everyday and we are using it fully for medical purposes." Now monitoring and proper distribution of oxygen cylinders will be done by government officials, Tope said. “Oxygen transported in tankers will be filled in cylinders under supervision of officials of district administration and the Food and Drugs Administration," he said.

“The government plans to establish liquid oxygen tanks at hospitals which have 50-100 beds. This will reduce human efforts to fill cylinders," Tope said. The minister said oxygen in the environment can be collected and purified at facilities attached to hospitals and provided to needy patients.

“A 6 by 5 feet high-tech machine can purify oxygen from the air and supply it to a large number of patients. We are thinking of procuring these machines," he said. Oxygen, collected from the atmosphere and purified by deploying a special technique, is used by a lot of industries in the country.

Medical-grade oxygen is used for treatment of critical COVID-19 patients and in other cases of respiratory diseases. Tope said the Centre should provide Maharashtra, the state worst-hit by the pandemic, with 1.60 crore vaccine doses per month.

“Maharashtra is the first state to cross 1-crore vaccination mark. Our health infrastructure is ready for big vaccination and our opposition leaders should help the state in the drive," Tope said.

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