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In half of Mumbai's deaths, delays in testing and admission to hospitals; experts to audit

With 2,684 cases and 178 deaths until Tuesday morning, Maharashtra remains the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, and Mumbai the worst-hit city.

An analysis of the first 50 COVID-19 deaths in Mumbai that account for 62.9 per cent deaths (112) in the state, shows that just over half of them died within hours or a day of hospitalisation. In almost half of these cases that led to deaths, the patients tested COVID-19 positive after or just before their death.

The state government is holding an experts' meeting to conduct a death audit in each case to understand why these patients died so soon after admission and address possible gaps - delay in admission, testing and their experience of being turned away by hospitals.

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