COVID-19: Mumbai reports massive surge in cases as 2,982 test positive, 7 succumb on March 20
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Mumbai on Saturday (March 20) recorded 2,982 new Covid-19 cases while 1780 patients were discharged. The city had witnessed the highest single-day spike in the cases on March 19 as 3,062 had tested postive. 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 0.61 percent. The city recorded 7 deaths today.

Three weeks ago Mumbai's daily Covid-19 count was below 500. Since 17th February, the count crossed the 700-mark. With 2,982 new cases on Saaturday, the cumulative case count of the city has jumped 3,52,835. The number of active cases in the city has jumped to 21,335.

The state on Saturday reported 13,588 patients who recovered and discharged from hospitals taking the overall recovery count to 22,03,,553. With this state's recovery rate was recorded at 89.87 per cent.

Meanwhile, after a gap of three months, Maharashtra, reported over 27,000 new Coronavirus cases indicating a sharp rise in the number of cases across the state. The state on Thursday reported 27,126 fresh Covid-19 cases, higher than March 19 (25,681). With 27,126 new cases today, the caseload in the state rose to 24,49,147 while 92 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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