The city’s journey from four lakh to five lakh Covid cases took just 11 days compared to the 75 days taken for the previous rise from three lakh to four lakh cases.
Maharashtra continued with its second wave surge and added 58,993 cases on Friday, the second highest addition so far, taking the total caseload to 32.8 lakh.
For the third consecutive day, Maharashtra added over 300 deaths. With the addition of 301 deaths on Friday, the total fatalities reported across the state touched 57,329. The number of deaths in Mumbai increased to 35 from 25. The city’s total toll has now reached 11,916.
Active cases in Maharashtra touched 5.3 lakh, of which 88,053 were in Mumbai.
A senior BMC public health department official said that the focus will now be on ‘right triage’ to identify patients who need beds. “Most cases in the city are asymptomatic and 10-12% of them need beds. We are increasing the bed capacity in our jumbo centres and have also asked private hospitals to add more beds for Covid care,’’ said the official.
Dr Rahul Pandit, head of intensive care in Fortis Hospital and a member of the state’s Covid task force, said the next 15-21 days are most crucial for Maharashtra and Mumbai. “April will be a difficult time, but the only heartening development is that people have again begun wearing masks the right way. There is also less crowding on roads,” he added.
The Mumbai metropolitan region added 18,408 cases and 52 deaths on Friday, taking the total cases to 10.4 lakh and toll to 20,939.
In Kalyan-Dombivli, 2,000 new patients were registered on Friday, the highest-ever single-day tally so far. The satellite town has a caseload of 91,777, and has reported 1,292 deaths so far.
In Navi Mumbai, 1,033 patients tested positive, taking the tally to 75,810. Around 95% of the beds in Navi Mumbai are occupied.
In Panvel, 529 cases were reported on Friday, taking the tally to 39,952.
On Saturday, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will meet leaders from major parties in the state via videoconference to review the Covid-19 situation and discuss the possibility of imposing a complete lockdown, adding more curbs and shutting down local train travel for the general public. “The lockdown-like restrictions were imposed in the state since Monday, and the results are not yet seen,” said an official, requesting anonymity.