Alert! Mumbai reports nearly 1k COVID-19 cases, positivity rate jumps by over 2% in a day

961 new cases in the city, including 1 death; not the fourth wave, says state surveillance officer

Swapnil MishraUpdated: Monday, June 06, 2022, 12:05 AM IST
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The city’s test positivity rate (TPR) currently stands at 11 per cent, well over a two per cent jump from 8.61 per cent just the day before. There were 961 new cases, including one death reported on Sunday, the highest number of cases in a single day since February 4.

With this, the total number of cases has now increased to 10,69,858, while the death toll is now at 19,569, so far. “One male above 60 years, with comorbidities, who was admitted to the hospital after being detected with Covid-19 succumbed on Sunday. However, he did not have any travel history,” said a senior health official.

Maharashtra also witnessed a 10 per cent surge in daily cases on Sunday, with 1,494 new infections and one death being reported in the last 24 hours, pushing its tally to 78,93,197, with 1,47,866 fatalities, till now. Active cases in the city and state have increased to 4,880 and 6,767 respectively.

State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradip Awate said, everyone needs to be cautious, considering that cases were surging across Maharashtra, especially in Mumbai, which was contributing to more than 50 per cent of the overall cases in the state. But this was not the fourth wave, he said.

“Even Delhi had witnessed a spike in Covid cases in April but later, it again came down; similarly, Maharashtra may also witness a surge for the next four to five weeks, but will then stabilise and cases will start dropping again,” he said.

Senior health officials have attributed this surge to the lax behaviour of citizens when it comes to following Covid-appropriate norms. Maskless faces in crowded or public places are the norm. “Though hospitalisation has not increased, citizens need to behave responsibly and wear masks at public places. Health officers at ward levels are closely monitoring the Covid situation and based on this, strategies are being planned,” said an official.

BMC Executive Health Officer Dr Mangala Gomare said that during the third wave, the city had registered more than 20,000 cases in a single day, at that time, Delta, along with the variant Omicron, was dominant but later, everything was normalised. “It is unlikely that the same variant can cause such a huge rise again,” she added.

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