MUMBAI: A coronavirus patient from the Philippines died in Mumbai on late Sunday, hence, taking the death toll in Maharashtra to three. The positive cases in the state have mounted to 89, said the Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
Monday saw the biggest rise in the positive cases of the infection in the state- 53 on Friday to 64 on Saturday to 74 on Sunday and now to 89 on Monday. Maharashtra has seen the highest number of infected people in India.
The third victim in the last five days in Mumbai was a 68-year-old man who initially tested positive and then tested negative after apparently being treated. Ten days ago, he was admitted to Mumbai's Kasturba Hospital and after his recovery, was shifted to a private hospital where he died late on Sunday.
The Kasturba Hospital said in its statement "The patient was a case of diabetes mellitus and asthma. He was admitted on March 13. He had developed acute renal failure and respiratory distress."
Amongst the 15 new positive cases in Maharashtra, 14 people are from Mumbai and one is from Pune, posing a huge amount of threat in the densely populated Mumbai-Pune belt and throwing the state health authorities under great pressure.
"The new cases include 8 close contacts or family members of earlier positive cases and 4 with travel history to affected countries," said Tope. "This is the stage to exercise extreme precautions since we don't want to enter from Phase II to Phase III at any cost," said the Health Minister further urging the people to be in self-isolation and maintain social distance as that are the best ways to fight this pandemic.
On Sunday, Tope announced that the test results of the other 200 suspected cases are expected shortly.