In a dramatic dip, Mumbai on Sunday reported 2,550 new Covid-19 cases and 13 deaths, reinforcing the belief that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was likely to “hang around” for a while, but the Delta variant was “on its way out”. The state, of course, is yet to take a cue from Mumbai and report a sharp decline. Maharashtra reported 40,805 new Covid-19 cases and 44 deaths in the last 24 hours; the active cases in the state have risen to 2,93,305.
As against this, the active cases in Mumbai were pegged at 19,808. According to experts, he third wave of Covid-19 pandemic has likely peaked in the four largest cities, with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai seeing a decline of seven-day average of cases. However, the seven-day average was still rising in the other big cities -- Bengaluru, Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad.
The data suggests that the Covid caseload from the eight cities is decreasing and they are contributing lesser to the country’s tally of daily infections. But with the cases still rising in the country, the caseload seems to be spreading in smaller cities and the countryside.