COVID-19 cases explode in Mumbai: 5,185 cases reported in a single day, highest since pandemic outbreak
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Ever since COVID-19 outbreak, Mumbai on Wednesday (March 24) recorded massive surge as 5,185 new cases were reported while 2,088 patients were discharged. The city has witnessed the highest single-day spike in the cases since the pandemic. The number of cases in the city has shown a steady spike in March, following which the overall growth rate of infection in the city has jumped to 0.79 percent. The city recorded 6 deaths today.

Three weeks ago Mumbai's daily Covid-19 count was below 500. Since 17th February, the count crossed the 700-mark. With 5,185 new cases on Saaturday, the cumulative case count of the city has jumped 3,74,611. The number of active cases in the city has jumped to 30,760.

The state on Wednesday reported 15,098 patients who recovered and discharged from hospitals taking the overall recovery count to 22,62,593. With this state's recovery rate was recorded at 88.21 per cent.

Meanwhile, after a gap of three months, Maharashtra, reported over 31,000 new Coronavirus cases indicating a sharp rise in the number of cases across the state. The state on Wednesday reported 31,855 fresh Covid-19 cases, higher than March 23 (28,699). With 24,645 new cases today, the caseload in the state rose to 25,64,881 while 95 fatalities were reported.

The sudden spike in fresh infections in Maharashtra is being primarily attributed to two factors: the reopening, including that of the Mumbai local trains, and the mutant strain found in districts like Akola, Satara, Amravati etc. While a weekend lockdown has been imposed in Amravati and Akola, Yavatmal is under a 10-day lockdown, which started last Thursday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has ruled out any plans to impose lockdown in Mumbai, though the city has been brought under strong surveillance with BMC also stepping up containment measures.

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