Mumbai, the country’s worst-affected city, saw a drop in the cases in the last two days to 1,002 cases in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 32, 974 cases. The city, however, continued to record more than 1,000 cases over the last two consecutive weeks, even as the state government announced that it was chalking out the strategy to graded relaxations from the lockdown.
As per the health department after reporting 3,041 cases, the highest ever single-day tally of Covid-19 cases on Sunday, Maharashtra state has seen a drop in cases for the last two days and added 2,091 infections in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 54,758 cases. However, it also has recorded the highest single-day death toll as 96 patients died on Tuesday. This month has seen 44,260 cases and 1,333 deaths in Maharashtra so far, which included 25,913 cases and 775 deaths in Mumbai. This means 80.83% of cases and 74.39% of deaths in the state have come in the past 26 days. The first case of Covid-19 in the state was on March 9.
Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said that if the lockdown would have been opened in this scenario of increasing the cases it would have been made the situation worst. More cases would have been increased for which in Maharashtra there would be the complete lockdown till 31 May.
Seeing the worst situation of Maharashtra ever before, the state of Kerala is expected to send their medical team to Maharashtra by the end of this month. The Directorate of Medical Education and Research in Maharashtra had written to Kerala health minister K.K. Shailaja for the help to the Maharashtra government. He requested to send 50 trained specialist doctors and 100 nurses for some time in Maharashtra till the condition get controlled by the government of Maharashtra.
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The officials from the Kerala government said, “We will be sending our team to Maharashtra some members of good trained doctors and nurses will be treating the patients of COVID. They also said that Maharashtra has offered to pay MBBS doctors Rs 80,000 a month, MD/MS specialist doctors Rs 2 lakh per month, and trained nursing staff Rs 30,000 a month. The state also said it would take care of accommodation, meals, medicine, and personal protective equipment for these doctors and nurses.
In Maharashtra there are around 1.5 lakh nurses in both private and public sectors but they are much needed in Mumbai and as there the number of cases has been recorded as the highest in Maharashtra due to which all the nurses working in Mumbai and Puna. Maharashtra government seeks help from the Kerala government to send their team so that the team will work in different places in Maharashtra.
Maharashtra’s Health Minister Rajesh Tope also had a word with Shailaja to understand about how used to take the measure during COVID-19 and took some other suggestions to tackle this situation. So after which he released a statement about the measures to be taken which were been discussed with Shailaja to prevent the spreading of coronavirus measures taken to prevent infection in slums, the cooperation of private doctors, shortage of equipment, prevention in containment zones, use of plasma therapy.
“Tope was eager to understand and implement all the measures which we discussed he was able to understand all the guidelines of treating and taking measures that Kerala implemented to fight the pandemic of COVID-19”, Shailaja said.