While cases witness a noticeable drop, deaths across Mumbai & other Maharashtra districts surge to a new high.
The state of Maharashtra is considering extending the existing lockdown-like curbs across Mumbai & other districts to keep the COVID-19 spread in check. As per Health Department records, the case surge has been clamped to an effective extent in Mumbai by 'Break the Chain' orders and the restrictions are to extend from May 1 to May 15, in all likeliness. A final decision will follow the cabinet review meeting on Wednesday, notified officials.
COVID curbs likely to stretch in Maharashtra
The Maharashtra Relief & Rehabilitation Minister clarified, that while there is a dip in the infection rate in Mumbai, the fate of Vidarbha and Marathwada are opposite; cases are still on a rise in these areas. The surge has further been observed in other parts of the state as well, the authority informed. He mentioned that the state is monitoring the situation and a final directive will soon be issued.
Another senior official of the administrative machinery stated that the state will not withdraw curbs at one go. Instead, relaxations will be offered gradually in wake of the swelling coronavirus rise in several prominent regions. Officials have also stated that the prohibitory orders will not be relaxed until Maharashtra gains a grip over the coronavirus infection rate and positivity ratio; when case rise is clamped below 35,000 to 40,000 for a few days.
A wave of rising tolls
While the surging scare of new infections is a concern, the high fatality rate across Maharashtra is yet another pandemic horror. In a stunning development, the total virus fatalities exceeded over the 66,000-mark on Tuesday. The state recorded over 800 deaths for the second time in 7 days, rising from 832 on April 25 to 895 on April 27. The aggregate toll now stands at 66,179 here.
At the same time, the infection tally escalated past the 44 lakh count in the last 24 hours, intensifying the virus ferocity. While the situation in Mumbai remained stable with a marginal increase of new infections to 3,999 from 3,840 cases along with a distinct decline in the death rate, the picture was different across the Mumbai Circle.
This region consisting of Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts, in addition to the MMR, not only recorded a rise in new cases but also logged in 118 more deaths, shooting the fatality toll to 22,873. On the brighter side, 67,752 fully cured patients returned home, taking the total to 36,69,548 now and the recovery rate improved from 82.92% on Monday to 83.21%.
COVID vax Phase 3 to be conducted in private hospitals only
The BMC on Tuesday, announced that the third-phase beneficiaries of the COVID inoculation drive, people aged between 18 to 45 years, can get their vaccine jab only at private hospitals. The drive will kickstart on May 1 across the nation, as permitted by the Centre. Currently, there are 73 private hospitals offering the vaccine in Mumbai, out of which, around 26 have received approvals to continue in the third phase. The state is yet to decide on free vaccination of all people. It is to be noted that this exclusivity of jabs at private booths will not be observed for people aged over 45 years of age. They can continue to get the jab at government, municipal or private centres.