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Wednesday 8 July 2020

Mumbai: Less than 1,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time in June

Even as mortality numbers saw a big jump in the city as well as state on Tuesday—the 100th day of the outbreak in Maharashtra there was respite in terms of daily growth of cases. Mumbai, for the first time in a month, recorded less than 1,000 cases in a day. Civic officials claimed the growth of cases has fallen under 2.5%.

Mumbai recorded 935 cases, crossing the 60,000 mark, with the case count at 60,228. The total number of discharged patients is 31, 040. The city also recorded 55 deaths on Tuesday and another 862 deaths were updated after reconciliation of all deaths since March. The total number of deaths in Mumbai has now gone up to 3,167.

This has taken the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s already increasing fatality rate up to 5.2%, from 3.79% on Tuesday.

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Of the 55 deaths recorded on Tuesday, 34 patients had co-morbidities. Two of the deceased were below 40 years of age, 29 were above 60 years, and 24 were between 40 and 60 years. As part of their strategy to strengthen contact-tracing, BMC claimed to have traced 5,399 high-risk contacts in the past 24 hours.

While the city’s doubling rate is now 28 days, R-North (Dahisar) ward has the lowest doubling rate of 13 days, followed by R-Central (Borivli) ward and R-South (Kandivli) at 17 days each.

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The total number of COVID tests done so far in Mumbai is 2,64,580. The overall growth rate of cases in Mumbai in the past seven days has been 2.9%.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, BMC has claimed to have surveyed 3.64 lakh senior citizens, of which 1,965 were found having low oxygen saturation and were treated or referred to BMC hospitals.

The civic body claims to have visited more than 21,20,088 houses as part of their door-to-door survey for checking up on senior citizens and screening of people.

The state on Tuesday added 1,409 deaths, of which 1,328 occurred in the past three months and were added to the tally on Tuesday, while 81 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The highest case fatality rate of 11.38 was reported from Dhule, with 51 deaths out of 448 Covid cases. The second highest CFR has been reported from Solapur. Solapur reported a CFR of 9.41% with 184 deaths out of the 1,955 cases. The lowest case fatality of 0.41% has been reported from Hingoli with only 1 death out of the 242 cases in the district.

Dharavi, one of the critical hotspots in Mumbai, showed signs of improvement, reporting only 21 cases on Tuesday, with a total of 2,089 cases reported so far. No new deaths were reported on Tuesday. As on Monday, the city had 823 active containment zones, including slums and chawls and 4,959 buildings were sealed.

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