The government update stated 56,647 new cases and 669 deaths were registered in the morning, with the daily death count have dropped below 700 after two days.
Only 350 of the deaths registered were from the past 48 hours, and the remaining were fatalities that were registered now despite having occurred much before.
Over 15,776 of the new cases were from the Pune administrative circle. Cases in the Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation jurisdictions numbered over 11,000, much higher than the 9,700 reported in the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The MMR recorded 156 new deaths and the Pune circle, 129.
The number of new cases in the city dropped to 3,629 — the last time a lower figure was recorded was 3,514 cases on March 23. Deaths, too, dropped to 79, the lowest in five days, with the previous lowest having been 71 fatalities on April 26.
Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said there was no doubt any more that the situation was improving in the city. “While deaths are rising, these correspond to the peak period over a fortnight. The task force members have said that deaths are likely to drop in the next five days,” he said.
The recovery rate climbed to 89% in the city and the overall growth rate of cases over the past week dropped to 0.66%. The doubling rate crossed three digits to touch 103, after dropping below 40 about a month ago.
“We have ICU beds vacant in our public hospitals, but there is a crunch in the private sector,” Kakani said.
The state has 6,68,353 active cases, including 57,342 from the city.
Public health minister Rajesh Tope said the recovery rate in the state had reached 84.31%.