There was a slight surge in the daily Covid cases across Mumbai on Tuesday, with 1,290 new infections and two Covid-related deaths being reported in the last 24 hours.
This increased the total Covid count to 11,09,723, with 19,606 fatalities until now. Maharashtra, meanwhile, recorded 3,482 new cases and five Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the state tally to 79,68,517 cases with 1,47,915 deaths so far.
However, nine more people were infected by the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of SARS-CoV2 across the state. Although the number of deaths has climbed, public health officials say the trend isn’t concerning as the case fatality rate remains as low as 0.06 per cent.
“Most of the deceased patients were elderly and had several underlying health issues like hypertension, diabetes, cardiac and kidney ailments, among others. Due to these health issues, their health deteriorates faster,” said Dr Mangala
Gomare, executive health officer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
With nine BA.4 and BA.5 cases being detected, the tally of these infections rose to 63 in the state, including 33 in Mumbai, 15 from Pune, four each in Nagpur, Thane and Palghar, and three in Raigad, according to a state health department bulletin.
“As per the latest report by the National Institute of Virology, Pune, seven patients infected with the BA.5 variant and two infected with the BA.4 variant have been found in the state. Four are from Palghar, three from Raigad and two from Thane,” said a doctor.
He added that of these, two patients were below 18 years of age, two were in the 19-25 segment and five in the 26-60 age group.