Eleven deaths and 189 new coronavirus cases were reported from Mumbai on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 1,182 in the city as the death toll rose to 75. According to the BMC, 10 victims had comorbidities and age-related health complications.
Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra reached 1,761 on Saturday. A state health department statement also said that 17 coronavirus patients died during the day. This number includes 11 deaths in Mumbai, two in Pune and one each in Satara, Dhule and Malegaon. Details of another death were not available at the time of going to press. Of these 11 were men and six women. While eight of them were in the 40-60 age group, three were under the age of 40. The state death toll now stands at 126.
As many as 36,771 persons have been tested in the state so far and 208 patients have recovered. At present 38,800 persons are in home quarantine and 4,964 in institutional quarantine. A total of 4,641 teams have surveyed a population of over 1.7 million in the state to weed out potential cases and avoid the spread.
In Mumbai, the BMC has announced setting up 186 corona care centres, 11 dedicated corona health centres and 26 dedicated corona hospitals as per Centre’s directives.
Since Friday, the government has deployed the State Reserve Police Force in Dharavi to assist the Mumbai Police, besides flying drones to enforce strict lockdown in the region. In view of the heavy population – around 800,000 people in 2.25 sq km area – the BMC has taken up sanitisation drives in a big way, though plans to completely “seal” the slum pocket are ruled out for the present.
The BMC has so far declared 381 ‘containment zones’ in the city as the number of new cases and casualties continue to mount. The police and the civic body have shut down markets and other shops in several areas of Mumbai, and barricaded many parts of the city and suburbs to keep people indoors until April 30.