Maharashtra notches highest 67 deaths and 1,606 Covid-19 cases

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Mumbai: Maharashtra on Saturday recorded the highest number of 1,606 new cases and a new high of 67 deaths, with Mumbai also notching a fresh high of 41 deaths, health officials said.

This comes to a death rate of roughly 1 fatality every 20 minutes for the state.

However, the state health department said that while 22 deaths occurred today (in the past 24 hours), the remaining 42 fatalities occurred between April 15-May 14 which have been validated and confirmed as Covid-19 cases today.

The state death toll now stands at 1,135 and the total number of Coronavirus patients increased from 29,100 yesterday to 30,706 today, after the steepest single-day jump of 1,602 recorded on May 14.

Of the total deaths, 41 were recorded in Mumbai alone, taking up the city’s toll from Friday’s 655 to 696 now, and the number of Covid-19 positive patients in the city shot up by 884 to touch 18,555 today.

Mumbai’s Dharavi slum alone continued to be a major hotspot and a headache for the health authorities, notching 53 new cases, taking the total number of patients to 1,198, and 53 deaths to date.

On the positive side, 524 more fully cured patients returned home, taking the number of those discharged to 7,088.

IANS

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