Updated on: Friday, December 31, 2021, 10:12 PM IST

COVID-19 cases increased for fourth day in Maharashtra; Mumbai tally rises by 5,631


There has been a surge in the covid-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day across Maharashtra and Mumbai on Friday. The covid-19 cases in the state has increased by 50 per cent from 5,368 to 8,067 in the last 24 hours, pushing its tally to 66,78,821. Meanwhile, eight people succumbed to the deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus on Friday, increasing the death toll to 1,41,526 till now.

Mumbai has also witnessed the sudden spike in the daily covid-19 cases on Friday, with 5,631 corona cases and one deaths being reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 7,85,110, with 16,376 fatalities till now. Of the total cases reported on Friday, only 497 patients were hospitalised.

Meanwhile only four Omicron cases have been reported in Maharashtra, however none of the cars are from Mumbai.

Considering the transmission rate of Omicron, the state may record a higher number of cases than the second wave. On April 4, Mumbai recorded over 11,000 cases, the highest single-day count since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. But as per the predictions, the daily count may go over 16,000 in Mumbai in the anticipated third wave.

“As the transmission rate of Omicron is much higher than Delta variant, soon, the state would be swamped with cases. But hospitalisation would be lesser compared to Delta infection, which is a bigger killer. Within weeks, Omicron will replace Delta in 80-90% of the patients,” said Dr Shashank Joshi, member of Maharashtra covid-19 task force.

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Published on: Friday, December 31, 2021, 10:12 PM IST