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Mumbai: COVID-19 tally crosses the 70,000 mark in the city

The number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai has crossed the 70,000 mark while the death toll as a result of the pandemic crossed 4,000.

Mumbai: COVID-19 tally crosses the 70,000 mark in the city
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The number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai has crossed the 70,000 mark while the death toll as a result of the pandemic crossed 4,000 on Tuesday.

According to a BMC release, Mumbai has also reported 1,365 new cases and 58 deaths since Wednesday evening. On Wednesday, June 24, the COVID-19 tally of Mumbai surged to 69,625 with 28,653 active COVID-19 cases in the state. The number of recovered soared to 37,010 after 2,434 patients were discharged in the day. Meanwhile, 38 deaths due to the coronavirus were reported on Wednesday, propelling Mumbai's fatality toll to 3962. 82 deaths from the previous period were also added to the overall death tally. 76 of the aforesaid deceased had co-morbidities.

To tackle the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the BMC had earlier launched the 'Mission Universal Testing'. BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal had given instructions in this regard to the concerned officials in a meeting held on Tuesday. This initiative plans to trace, test, and provide medical treatment to citizens in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

However, even with the rise in the number of cases in the city, the doubling rate has happened to get better with time. Aaditya Thackeray, Shiv Sena MLA, took to Twitter on Thursday to inform that the current doubling rate in the city happens to be 41 days. Earlier in the month, the doubling rate of Mumbai was 24.5 days. This happened to be far better than the national average of 16 days. In the past, the death rate in the city happened to be 3 per cent which is almost equal to the national average. Meanwhile, the discharge rate was 44 per cent with Dharavi's doubling days being recorded at 42 days earlier.

The Union ministry of health had earlier stated that the fatality rate for coronavirus in the country is one of the lowest in the world, at one death per one lakh population. This is much lower than the global average of 6.04. The Centre has said that this has been made possible because of the cumulative efforts taken by the central and state governments in tackling the spread of the coronavirus.

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