For the fourth successive day, there was a surge in Covid cases in the city and the state on Friday, with Mumbai recording 5,631 new cases and one death; with that, the state’s caseload has risen by 50 per cent, from 5,368 to 8,067 in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 66,78,821. Eight people succumbed to the virus on Friday, taking the death toll to 1,41,526 till now. For Mumbai, the total stands at 7,85,110 cases, with 16,376 fatalities till now. Of the total cases reported on Friday, only 497 patients were hospitalised.
Only four Omicron cases have been reported in Maharashtra but none were from Mumbai.
Considering the transmission rate of Omicron, the state may record a higher number of cases than in the second wave. On April 4, Mumbai had recorded over 11,000 cases, the highest single-day count since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. But as per predictions, the daily count may exceed 16,000 in Mumbai in the anticipated third wave.
“As the transmission rate of Omicron is much higher than the Delta variant, soon, the state will be swamped with cases. But hospitalisation would be lesser compared to Delta infection, which is a bigger killer. Within weeks, Omicron will replace Delta in 80-90 per cent of the patients,” said Dr Shashank Joshi, member of Maharashtra’s Covid-19 taskforce.
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