Mumbai: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday said that the COVID-19 recovery rate in the state has improved and the mortality rate has declined due to changing protocols in treatment.
He said that around 14,000 new cases were reported in the state on Saturday, while more than 19,000 patients got rid of the disease.
“This shows that the recovery rate has improved, he told reporters in Partur in the district. It has improved due to changing protocols in treatment and medicines,” he said.
Tope said that due to these factors the mortality rate of COVID-19 patients has also decreased. “But we want the fatality rate to be less than one percent,” the minister said.
The Health Department said that 13,702 new COVID-19 cases were registered in Maharashtra on Sunday, causing the state’s infection to 14,43,409.
The death toll in the state rose to 38,084, killing 326 people.
Being a COVID hotspot in Mumbai, he said that it is difficult to maintain social distance in the city as it is congested.
He said, “Now the frequency of local trains in Mumbai has increased and restaurants are opening up. With the city being overcrowded, social disturbances are difficult to follow. But people have to follow the norms and protect themselves from the virus as health is precious,” he said.
Tope said, however, that the government would leave no stone unturned to provide healthcare facilities to patients in Mumbai.