Mumbai coronavirus death toll crosses 5,000
The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic soared past 5,000 in Mumbai on Wednesday, with the maximum city witnessing 62 more fatalities.
According to BMC data, the total deaths in the city reached 5,061 yesterday, with the number of cases crossing 87,500.
The number of recovered COVID-19 patients rose to 59,238 with 1,101 persons discharged from hospitals during the day, the BMC said, adding that that the city now has 23,214 active cases.
The recovery rate in Mumbai has increased to 68 percent while the overall growth rate of COVID-19 cases between July 1 to 7 improved to 1.52 percent and the average doubling rate of cases was 45 days, the BMC informed.
Amid criticism over the low test rate, the civic body has also revised testing guidelines, allowing patients with symptoms to undergo COVID-19 tests without a doctor’s prescription.
The BMC claimed that until now it has conducted over 3.64 lakh tests.
Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, the total number of cases has crossed 2.23 lakh, of which 91,065 are active. Further, with a death toll of 9,448, the state has witnessed more COVID-19 related deaths than any other state in the country.