Covid-19 deaths touch 161 in Maharashtra, 352 new cases

MUMBAI: Mumbai became the first city in the country to record a triple-digit fatality figure with Covid-19 deaths reaching 100, while registering the highest number of new cases in a single day - 352, bringing the total number of infected at 2,334, authorities said. here on monday

Among the nine deaths in Mumbai were six women, including an 87-year-old man and three men, including an 82-year-old man, and seven of the victims had other serious health problems such as diabetes, heart, hypertension, etc.

In addition to the 9 victims in Mumbai, one death was reported each in the Mira-Bhayander city of Thane and one in Pune.

The number of new cases skyrocketed to 242 in Mumbai, including 43 in Dharavi, while 39 cases were reported from Pune, 14 from Malegaon (Nashik), 13 from Thane, including 3 police, 11 from Nagpur, five from Palghar, four from Buldhana and Aurangabad, two from Raigad, in addition to one of other districts such as Ahmednagar, Dhule, Nashik, Navi Mumbai and Yavatmal.

On the positive side in Mumbai, 43 patients were fully healed and released on Monday, bringing the total number of recoveries to 141.

In a significant development, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a special group of prominent doctors who will advise the state government on ways and means to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, which so far has claimed 161 victims.

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Doctors who are specialists in various fields, include Sanjay Oak, S. Nagaonkar, Zarir Udwadia,,, N. D. Karnik, Zaheer Virani and Om Shrivastava, and will provide their guidance through a direct line.

The development came a day after Mumbai recorded the highest single-day (16) deaths of Covid-19 patients on Sunday when the state extended the closure until April 30.

In light of the increasing numbers of deaths and new cases in the city, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and Police Commissioner Parambir Singh held detailed discussions on the issue and how to tackle it.

In view of difficulties in paying bills offline, Energy Minister Nitin Raut said the government could consider extending the payment dates of electricity bills for consumers.

The BMC has called on all people, especially older people with serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart problems, hypertension, or other chronic diseases, to remain strictly indoors in view of the pandemic.

They are also advised to continue regularly with all medications, but in case of minor discomfort, see a doctor immediately.