Maharashtra sees 28,438 new COVID cases, 679 die; vaccine shortage affects state's inoculation drive

Of the 679 deaths, 422 occurred over the past 48 hours, while 257 fatalities had taken place last week, but they were added to the overall toll data on Tuesday, the state health department said.
A medic vaccinates a beneficiary with Covaxin vaccine during a countrywide inoculation drive against COVID-19 in Mumbai. (Photo | PTI)
A medic vaccinates a beneficiary with Covaxin vaccine during a countrywide inoculation drive against COVID-19 in Mumbai. (Photo | PTI)

MUMBAI: Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 28,438 fresh coronavirus positive cases, a drop of 1,822 compared to Monday's detections, and 679 deaths, the state health department said.

The state's overall case tally now stands at 54,33,506 and the toll at 83,777, it said.

Maharashtra had on Monday reported 26,616 infections and 516 COVID-19 fatalities.

Of the 679 deaths, 422 occurred over the past 48 hours, while 257 fatalities had taken place last week, but they were added to the overall toll data on Tuesday, the department said.

Some of the earlier deaths, which had taken place before the last week, were also added to the cumulative report.

The figure for the cumulative deaths due to COVID-19 on Monday was 82,486, which is now increased by 1,291 to 83,777.

There has been no official comment from the state government over the change in reporting the COVID-19 deaths.

Till May 16 evening, COVID-19 deaths that had occurred over a week ago also used to be included in the daily reporting.

However, the state stopped reporting the deaths in this manner from Monday.

A total of 52,898 patients were discharged from hospitals on Tuesday, taking the number of recoveries in Maharashtra so far to 49,27,480.

The state is now left with 4,19,727 active cases.

The case recovery rate in Maharashtra now stands at 90.69 per cent, while the mortality rate is 1.54 per cent, the statement said, adding the case positivity rate continues to be at 17.2 per cent, as per the department.

Mumbai city reported 961 new cases, taking its tally to 6,90,023, while 44 new deaths pushed the toll to 14,316, it said.

The Mumbai division, which includes the MMR region and satellite towns, reported 2,559 fresh cases and 129 fatalities, including 58 from municipal areas in Vasai and Virar, during the day.

The Nashik division saw 5,308 cases and Ahmednagar district 1,917.

A total of 1,284 cases were reported from rural parts of the Nashik district.

The Nashik division also reported 85 casualties- 22 in rural areas, 15 in Nashik city and Nandurbar district, 12 in Jalgaon and 11 in Ahmednagar district, the department said.

The Pune division added 7,160 new cases and 84 deaths.

The Solapur division reported 2,106 cases.

Pune rural areas reported 2,053 infections and Pune city 1,090.

Satara added 1,270 new infections.

Of the 84 deaths, 34 occurred in Satara alone followed by 26 in Solapur, 13 in Pune city and 11 in its rural parts, the department said.

Rural areas in Sangli and Kolhapur added 1,740 and 1,250 fresh cases, respectively.

At 194, the Kolhapur division reported one of its worst numbers of COVID-19 fatalities.

In the Marathwada region, the Aurangabad division added 1,034 new cases and seven deaths.

While most of the districts in the Latur division reported a fall in new cases, Beed district added 1,295 infections to the Latur division's tally of 2,468 cases on Tuesday.

Similarly, out of 63 deaths, 27 were reported from Beed, while 12 deaths occurred in Latur and 10 in Osmanabad district, the department said.

The Akola division reported 3,294 cases and 53 deaths, of which Amaravati district added 13 fatalities, Yavatmal 12 and Akola 10, it said.

The Nagpur division's caseload went up by 2,605 while the fatality count rose by 64, including 20 in Nagpur city and 16 in Chandrapur, the department said.

With 2,50,310 new tests, Maharashtra has so far examined 3,15,88,717 samples.

A total of 30,97,161 people are in home quarantine and 25,004 are in institutional quarantine, the department said.

Maharashtra's Covid-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases: 54,33,506; new cases: 28,438; deaths: 83,777; discharged: 49,27,480; active cases: 4,19,727; people tested so far: 3,15,88,717.

Mumbai reported 953 new coronavirus infections and 44 fatalities on Tuesday, taking its tally of cases to 6,90,889 and death toll to 14,352, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

For the first time since March 2 the city reported less than 1,000 COVID-19 cases, though the number of tests also dropped.

On March 2, the financial capital of the country had recorded 849 COVID-19 cases, after which daily infections surged to four digits.

On Monday, the city had logged 1,240 new cases and 48 fatalities.

However, there was also a considerable decrease in the number of COVID-19 tests.

The BMC's data showed that 17,920 tests were conducted since Monday evening, taking the tally of tests to 59,34,165.

Till last week, more than 20,000 samples were being tested in the city daily.

Recoveries outnumbered the new infections on Tuesday, which reduced the number of active COVID-19 cases to 32,925.

As many as 2,258 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered patients to 6,41,598.

The city's recovery rate is now 93 per cent.

The city had witnessed 11,163 new infections -- its highest so far -- on April 4, 2021.

The highest 90 fatalities were reported on May 1, 2021.

The average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases -- period during which the caseload doubles -- also improved to 255 days.

The city's average growth rate of COVID-19 cases for the period between May 9 to May 15 was 0.27 per cent.

There are 78 active containment zones in slums and chawls and 305 buildings have been currently sealed after coronavirus patients were found there.

The shortage of doses and closure of some centers on account of cyclone Tauktae led to less than one lakh persons receiving the jabs of coronavius vaccines in Maharashtra on Monday, officials said.

The report was released on Tuesday.

As many as 99,699 people received vaccine jabs on Monday, taking the total so far to 2,00,90,308.

The daily number of those getting inoculated has been generally above one lakh till now.

Ahead of cyclonic storm Tauktae, the Maharashtra government suspended the vaccination drive in parts of Mumbai and several other districts as precaution.

So far 23,23,322 frontline workers, 18,50,773 healthcare workers, 6,55,685 persons in the 18-45 age group and 1,52,60,528 in the above-45 age group have received at least one dose of vaccines against COVID-19.

State health minister Rajesh Tope had said earlier that the pace of vaccination would increase soon as the supply of Covishield vials from the Serum Institute of India is likely to increase after May 20.

The global Expression of Interest (EoI) issued by Brihnamumbai Municipal Corporation to procure one crore COVID-19 vaccines was on Tuesday extended by a week till May 25 as no supplier came forward, civic officials said.

The EoI was first floated on May 12 with May 18 as the deadline for those wanting to answer it, but not a single bid or query came in, they said.

"As per the EoI conditions, the supplier will have to give the entire consignment of vaccines within three weeks from the day the work order is issued. It is open for vaccine manufacturers, their Indian partners, authorised distributors, while entities from countries sharing borders with India have been barred," an official explained.

Those answering the EoI must have valid licences to manufacture the vaccine as well as authorisation to export it to India, while the doses must be as per ICMR and DCGI norms, he said.

The vaccine drive in the metropolis has been going on in fits and starts due to shortage of doses.

The BMC currently has 20 hospitals and 240 centres where doses are being administered.

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