The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday completed 10 lakh COVID-19 vaccinations, informed BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal. "We have completed 10 lakh vaccinations today and we have resolved to increase the vaccination to 1 lakh per day in Mumbai in the coming days," said Chahal, adding that vaccination is the ultimate remedy for ending the coronavirus pandemic.
The BMC chief, however, added that it is the duty of the citizens to show "absolute" COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and help the civic body in controlling the present pandemic situation.
Chahal further said the BMC is in "full control of the situation" and "confident of controlling the pandemic", adding that there is no need to worry. "Considering the adequate health infrastructure and extremely low mortality rate (total of 200 deaths between February 10 and March 24, which is average 4.6 deaths per day and a mortality rate of 0.3% of the total positive cases in this period i.e, 56,220), there is abolutely no cause for panic or worry in the city of Mumbai and MCGM is in full control of the situation and confident of controlling the pandemic in due course of time," said Chahal.
This comes after Mumbai on Wednesday reported more than 5,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time since the pandemic outbreak. There were 5,185 new cases on Wednesday, which is the highest single-day spike. The total COVID-19 tally in the city surged to 3,74,611. Officials have attributed this surge to the increase in testing -- from 25,000 to 40,000 per day.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra also witnessed the highest single-day spike on Wednesday with 31,855 new cases being reported across the state, pushing its tally to 26,64,881 cases thus far. The COVID-19 death toll in the state has increased to 53,684, with 95 patients succumbing in the last 24 hours.