Mumbai: Mumbai on Wednesday reported a staggering 40 Covid-19 deaths, the highest till date, taking the city’s toll to 596 and the number of Covid-19 patients in the city shot up by a new high of 800 to touch 15,747.
Mumbai’s Dharavi slum alone continued to be a major hotspot and a headache for the health authorities, notching 66 new cases, taking the total number of patients to 1,028, and 40 deaths till now.
Besides Mumbai, there were six deaths in Pune, two each in Jalgaon, Solapur, and Aurangabad, plus one each in Palghar and Ratnagiri.
They comprised 33 men and 21 women, and nearly 67 percent of them suffered from other serious ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems and asthma.
Mumbai recorded its 5th policeman victim when 57-year-old policeman of Navi Mumbai, working with Sewri Police Station here, succumbed to Covid-19.
With the continuous daily spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths in Mumbai and the upcoming Ramzan and Eid, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh sought an additional 20 companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), which can reduce the burden of the state police.