Mumbai reported 16 Covid-19 deaths on Sunday, the highest daily death toll for the city so far. The number of new coronavirus cases climbed by 217 to 1,399 – the highest for any region in the state.
Nine-one people have now died of Covid-19 in the city.
On Sunday 26 people were discharged from hospitals after treatment, a considerable improvement on the single-digit figures until a few days ago. Ninetyseven people have so far been cured.
Maharashtra reported 22 deaths and 221 new cases on Sunday. These included the figures from Mumbai. Total positive cases in the state now stands at 1,982, with 149 deaths.
In the city, G South Ward, which includes Worli, continues to have the largest number of cases (246). E Ward, which includes Byculla, is next with 111 cases.
Among those who tested positive on Sunday was a 48-yearold BMC worker from Kasarwadi Chawl in Dadar. He contracted the virus from his son, who works at a private hospital in Dadar. BMC officials sealed off the chawl for sanitising and contact tracing after the man tested positive.
Of the 16 patients who died, two – a 41-year-old man who passed away in Kasturba Hospital and a 65-year-old man who died in St George’s Hospital – did not have any other underlying conditions.
Among the victims were six women and 10 men; most had other major diseases such as diabetes and heart problems.
According to data from the BMC, nearly 50 per cent of all cases in the city are from just five wards. The data suggests close to 500 positive cases have been detected in D, E, G South, M East and K West wards.
Meanwhile, the BMC on Sunday organised a webinar on Covid-19. Nearly 2,450 physicians, including doctors from the private sector, took part in it, said a civic official.
According to the officials, the BMC has marked out as many as 350 containment zones in the city, where at least one or more positive or suspected cases have been found. Restrictions have been put on movement of people in these zones to avoid spread of the pandemic.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope said new measures like deployment of the State Reserve Police Force in Mumbai’s congested areas and bringing in the fire brigade to sanitise public toilets had been undertaken.
“A large number of people are dependent on public toilets, places from where infection can spread. The government has decided to use fire brigade personnel to sanitise public toilets every hour. That would minimise the chances of people transmitting the infection,” Tope said.
The minister said the state would open some schools and use them as temporary shelters for people living in highly congested areas as well for community kitchens.
He criticised residents who were flouting lockdown orders.
“Despite our efforts, some people are defying the lockdown. It is worrisome that the number of Covid-19 cases is not coming down,” Tope said.