Sample for COVID-19 testing being collected in Mumbai
Sample for COVID-19 testing being collected in Mumbai

Mumbai on Saturday (March 13) recorded 1708 new Covid-19 cases while 941 patients were discharged. The city has witnessed the highest single-day spike in the cases since the last five months. 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 0.37 per cent. The city recorded 5 deaths today.

Three weeks ago Mumbai's daily Covid-19 count was below 500. Since 17th February, the count crossed the 700-mark. With 1708 new cases on Thursday, the cumulative case count of the city has jumped 3,41,985. The number of active cases in the city has jumped to 13,247.

The state on Saturday reported 7,467 patients who recovered and discharged from hospitals taking the overall recovery count to 21,25,211. With this state's recovery rate was recorded at 92.49 per cent.

Meanwhile, after a gap of three months, Maharashtra, reported over 15,000 new Coronavirus cases indicating a sharp rise in the number of cases across the state. The state on Saturday reported 15,602 fresh Covid-19 cases, slightly lower than March 12 (15,820). With 15,602 new cases today, the caseload in the state rose to 22,97,739 while 88 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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