The drop could be the result of fewer daily tests conducted on Friday and Saturday — 39,584 compared to 45,000 on average.
The state added 67,160 cases and 676 fatalities on Saturday. The total caseload of the state stood at 42.28 lakh and the death toll in the state touched 63,928.
So far this month, the state has added over 14 lakh new cases and 9,000 deaths. This is the highest addition of cases of Covid-19 positive patiend in a month since the outbreak of the pandemic here in March last year, but the state had added over 11,900 deaths in September.
In Mumbai, the doubling rate improved to 54 days, up from 33 earlier this month.
For the third day in a row, Mumbai recorded more than 70 deaths. The city saw 71 deaths, which included 45 deaths among persons who were more than 60 years of age.
The neighbouring cities, too, recorded higher than usual deaths on Saturday. Panvel reported 13 deaths. The number of dead in Kalyan was 11. In Navi Mumbai, eight persons lost the fight with Covid-19.
The deaths in the Mumbai administrative circle, which includes several municipal corporations, numbered 115.
The number of Covid-19 cases dropped to 15,106 in Mumbai. BMC executive health officer Dr Mangala Gomare said that the bed situation seemed to have improved in the city.
“Thre are adequate oxygen-support beds in the city,” she said.
A senior doctor from a BMC hospital said that there is still a crunch for ICU or ventilator beds. “It may take another fortnight for the need for ICU beds to stablise,” said the doctor.
Covid-19 cases in the rest of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), that is, the region excluding Mumbai, were higher than in Mumbai. The region reported 9,239 cases and 46 deaths.
Nagpur added 7,999 cases and 82 deaths, much higher than the case and death figures for Mumbai.
Kalyan-Dombivli on Saturday recorded 1,899 new Covid-19 patients and 11 deaths, taking the tally to 1.15 lakh and toll to 1,375 deaths.
In Navi Mumbai, 580 cases and eight deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the total Covid-19 count to 89,289 and the toll to 1,325 so far.
In Panvel, 526 Covid-positive cases and 13 deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the caseload to 48,332 and the toll to 803.