COVID-19: Second wave hit Navi Mumbai severely as positive cases cross 1 lakh mark under NMMC

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the number of positive cases of COVID 19 has crossed 1 lakh on Friday with 130 news COVID 19 cases reported under the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). However, 96,957 of them recovered with 96.8 percent recovery rate.

As per the data available with the Health Department of NMMC, the first 10,000 cases of COVID were reported on July 2020 and it took around 11 more months to reach 1,00,000 infected persons. The slowest growth of COVID cases was reported between December 2020 and March 2021 as only 10,000 cases were reported during three months period.

According to NMMC, it has already conducted a total of 11,32,455 tests, both RtPCR and Rapid Antigen Test so far. “The civic body has already tested majority parts of the city for COVID,” said a senior official from the Health Department. The city has around 15 lakh populations.

As per the data, the second wave was more severe than the first wave as around 50,000 cases were reported in just five months period.

Now, the civic body is working aggressively on increasing infrastructure to accommodate more patients during the possible third wave which may hit by August-September. The civic body expects that the number of active cases may reach 25,000 in the third wave if it comes. During the second wave of COVID, the number of active cases had reached a maximum of 12,000.

The civic body is paying special attention to the increase of ICU beds and ventilators considering the rise in the number of cases in the second wave. In addition, there is also stress to increase general beds and oxygen beds. It has been planned to set up a pediatric health facility as there is a possibility that children are affected in the third wave of COVID. “There will be an additional 3000 general beds, 1500 in oxygen beds, and 500 in ICU beds,” said the official.

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