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COVID-19: Maharashtra mortality higher than world average amid community transmission fears

The mortality rate, at 5.98 per cent, is much higher than India’s average of 2.66 per cent while the world average is 5.58 per cent.

Published: 08th April 2020 02:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2020 02:16 PM   |  A+A-

Mumbai Police personnel guard outside 'Matoshree' the private residence of Maharashtra Chief Minster Uddhav Thackeray in suburban Bandra Mumbai Tuesday April 7 2020. (Photo | PTI)

Express News Service

MUMBAI: The COVID-19 mortality rate in Maharashtra is higher than that of the country and of the world even as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Tuesday said community transmission has started in many pockets of Mumbai.

At 869, Maharashtra tops the country in the number of positive cases while a total of 52 people have died. The mortality rate, at 5.98 per cent, is much higher than India’s average of 2.66 per cent while the world average is 5.58 per cent.

According to Maharashtra health department data, a maximum of 19 deaths have been reported among people in the 61-70 age group, with a mortality rate of 22.62 per cent. However, the highest mortality rate of 28.57 per cent is in the 71-80 age group, with the number of deaths being 8. In the 51-60 age group, there has been a mortality rate of 10.28 per cent with a total of 11 deaths.

Five deaths have been reported in the 41-50 age group and two in the 81-90 age group, with mortality rates of 3.42 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively.

Community transmission

In another worrying sign, community transmission has started in Mumbai, according to BMC sources, who said some of the positive cases emerging recently neither have travel history nor were they in immediate contact of those with travel history.

Mumbai has reported a total of 525 positive cases and 34 deaths. In the BMC report, 11 out of the 34 people who died had no history of any ailment.

According to BMC, positive cases are coming in large number from slum pockets and highly dense areas. The largest number of patients is from the fishermen colonies of Worli, Prabhadevi and Lower Parel. Many cases have also been reported from Dharavi, Kurla, Nehru Nagar, Bandra and Andheri.

“The community spread has started and a large number of cases have been reported from various part of the city. We are declaring these areas as contaminated clusters and subsequently sealing them,” said a senior BMC official.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope visited Dharavi and other slums to review the situation.

“I have asked to increase the number of ventilators and testing... The situation is under control,” Tope said.

BMC health officer Dr Daksha Shah told The New Indian Express that community transmission is not widespread looking at the population of Mumbai.

Ram Dutonde, spokesperson of BMC, said Mumbai has reported close to 600 cases till 7th April because of four reasons. "The testing capacity has been augmented many fold, there is vigorous contact tracing and special clinics are testing all asymptomatic contacts also, there were more cases in one pocket of Worli and a large number of staff at Wockhardt hospital tested positive after incidental exposure to a COVID-19 case. Besides, Mumbai has a population of 12 million with a high density. However we are monitoring the situation," he said.

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