Mumbai: Emerged out as the worst-hit state with unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra adds more than 2000 infections to its tally every hour, as per a data analysis. The analysis suggests that around 2859 people are contracting the coronavirus disease every minute while one person dies due to Coronavirus infection every third minute on an average in the state.
Maharashtra continued to record a surge in daily cases of the Covid-19 as the state added 68,631 new patients on Sunday, according to the daily health bulletin by the state health department.
It was the first time that the state recorded such a huge spike in a single day, which has pushed its tally to 38,39,338. The state also reported 503 fatalities, pushing the death toll to breach the 60,000-mark to 60,473. Out of the latest additions, 8468 new cases were reported from Mumbai city alone and 53 died due to Covid-19 in the span of 24 hours. The death toll in Mumbai has now reached 12,354.
As Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state in the second wave of the pandemic, it is functioning under strict Covid-19 induced restrictions including weekend lockdown and Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). The state’s upward trajectory in Covid cases has pushed the health infrastructure to stretch beyond limits.
The heath care in the state has collapsed under the mounting pressure of Covid-19 cases and to meet the shortage of oxygen in the state, the Indian Railways announced ‘oxygen express’ trains that will transport liquid medical oxygen and oxygen cylinders to Maharashtra and other destinations.
On Saturday, the railways formulated guidelines to allow transportation of liquid medical oxygen in cryogenic tankers after the Maharashtra government and Madhya Pradesh made a request to meet the shortage of the gas used for Covid-19 patients in the state.
Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope claimed on Sunday that no Covid-19 patient has died due to the shortage of medical oxygen in the state. He also alleged that the deaths occurred due to the delay at patients’ end in seeking medical assistance on time.