On Thursday, Mumbai reported its highest single-day Covid spike — 2,479 cases and one death — since January 23. A day before (Wednesday) the city had witnessed 1,648 Covid cases. However, BMC in its report, claimed that since the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) portal was non-functional for the past two days, some backdated cases were added to Thursday’s Covid tally.
Despite claiming that ICMR numbers included backdated cases, BMC executive health officer Dr, Mangala Gomare refused to comment and said she was busy in a meeting.
While 1,648 positive cases were reported across Mumbai on Wednesday, as compared to 1,723 cases on Tuesday, a drop in active cases was also witnessed from 14,146 (Tuesday) to 13,501 (Wednesday).
Of the 2,479 new cases reported on Thursday, 96% of patients were asymptomatic. Of the 13,614 active cases, 655 patients (2.64%) have been hospitalised. Moreover, a 42-year-old woman with comorbidities became the latest victim. The total toll from the pandemic now stands at 19,589.
The BMC has increased surveillance and testing in the areas with poor doubling rates than the city’s rate of 390 days. It conducted 20,408 Covid tests on Thursday.