Mumbai civic body BMC has predicted 10,000 cases per day in Mumbai, and are planning to increase beds in Covid-19 centres as per a TOI report. Mumbai reported 5,504 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, its single-highest surge in 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic, along with 14 deaths. The city had logged 5,185 new cases a day before. The rate at which infections are doubling now stands at 75 days - a worrying figure - and it is decreasing rapidly, an expert said. A total of 1,88,78,754 samples have been tested in Maharashtra for Covid-19 to date. The health department data shows that 13.78 per cent of these samples returned positive for the infection. The state has reported 26,00,833 confirmed cases, including 22,83,037 patients who have recovered from the infection. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients in Maharashtra now stands at 87.78 per cent.
At the same time, the case fatality rate (CFR) of coronavirus patients in the state is 2.07 per cent. At present, there are 13,62,899 people in home quarantine and 13,770 people in institutional quarantine across the state of Maharashtra. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has confirmed the presence of mutant strains of the novel coronavirus in multiple Indian states, including Maharashtra. Experts have attributed the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in the state to the mutant strains along with failure to adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour. Lockdowns and night curfews have also been put in place in different parts of Maharashtra to curb further spread of Covid-19. Yesterday, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced lockdown in the Beed district from March 26 till April 4 in the wake of a massive rise in the COVID-19 cases. According to reports, the order to impose lockdown was issued by the Beed District Collector to prevent further spread of the deadly coronavirus. During the lockdown, all marriage halls, hotels and restaurants will remain shut in the district. Similarly, all schools and colleges in the district will also remain closed during this period. All private offices will remain closed during this period and their employees have been encouraged to work from home.