Maharashtra added 67,013 cases on Thursday, taking the tally to 40.9 lakh. In April so far, the state has added 7,551 deaths, while Mumbai has added 893 deaths. Dr Avinash Supe, a member of the task force on Covid deaths, said Mumbai’s death rate is inching towards 1% after having dropped to 0.2% earlier this year.
At 127 deaths, MMR has highest toll in the state
There are multiple reasons for the rising deaths in the city. “People struggle to get beds, resulting in delayed start of treatment. Many go to smaller centres that are not able to help patients adequately,” Supe said.
Dr Rahul Pandit, who heads the ICU department at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, and is a member of the state government’s task force on Covid-19, said the deaths will continue to worsen for another week or more. “People who were infected a fortnight back and failed to improve are most vulnerable,” he said.
The strain causing the second wave is deadlier and more infectious than the first one. “During the first wave, lung disease worsened in the second week. But we now get patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome within six days of the start of symptoms. The deterioration is very swift, especially among the younger people,” said Dr Pandit. He said while patients, mostly middle class and well-informed about Covid, diligently check their oxygen saturation on the pulse oximeter, they never do the six-minute walk test. “The six-minute walk should be done twice every day. If the count after the six-minute walk is 3% lower than the baseline score, it is time to get hospitalised,” he said.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) reported 127 deaths, the highest in the state. The daily toll in Panvel doubled in the last 24 hours. Compared to eight deaths on Wednesday, 19 patients succumbed on Thursday. The Panvel toll has now reached 776. Panvel civic Commissioner Sudhakar Deshmukh said reporting of Covid deaths by hospitals gets delayed as they have to ascertain the cause of death.
Meanwhile, NMMC reported 809 cases and eight deaths on Thursday, taking the Covid case count to 88,034 and the toll to 1,300. Kalyan-Dombivli city reported new 1,670 cases and nine deaths, taking the tally to 1.1 lakh and toll to 1,322 deaths. A senior official from the state government said that with cases in smaller cities surging and patients ignoring symptoms, deaths are going up in those areas as well.