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COVID at rise in Mumbai; officials reported

Mumbai on Tuesday recorded 506 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest daily count since February 6 this year, which raised the tally of infections to 10,65,802, a civic official said.

The number of active cases went past 2,500 and reached 2,526. The number of recoveries in Mumbai stands at 10,43,710 while the COVID 19 death toll remained unchanged at 19,566 with no fresh fatalities being reported during the day, the official said. The daily number of infections in the metropolis crossed the 500 mark on February 6 this year when 536 cases were detected.

As per the bulletin released by the civic body, Mumbai’s case recovery rate now stands at 98 per cent. The city has witnessed a significant rise in the daily cases this month compared to April. The metropolis had reported cases in three digits on 27 days this month.

Mumbai logged a total of 5,979 cases in May, as against 1,822 cases in April, while it reported only three deaths this month compared to four fatalities in April. The city reported 318 cases and zero fatalities on Monday.

After two months of downward trend, the intensive care units in government Covid-19 hospitals in Mumbai have started seeing a surge in admissions. The recent surge has also led to private facilities allocating beds for Covid patients.

Hospitalisation due to Covid-19 in Mumbai has increased by 231 percent in May, compared to April, a report in Times of India said.

The hospitalisation in the city was 215 as of Monday due to Covid-19, which was up from 65 in April and 149 in March. The report, however, added that the situation is nowhere close to January when the Maharashtra capital recorded 19,200 admissions during the Omicron wave.

“We have seen admissions after a long gap. But patients are not coming with direct Covid pneumonia we saw earlier,” Dr Santosh Shetty, executive director of Kokilaben Hospital reportedly said. He added that 14-bed ICU is ready and added that 3 patients are in wards while 1 is in the ICU.

However, the admissions due to Covid-19 is mostly among those above 60 years or with comorbidities. According to the report, eight of the 10 patients are above 60 and have more than two comorbidities.

Meanwhile, Mumbai city guardian minister Aslam Shaikh said Maharashtra will impose another lockdown if Covid cases continue to surge and exceed thousand in the state.

“Given the pace at which patients are growing, restrictions will have to be put in place. Restrictions on airlines are still in place. If people don’t take care, the possibility of sanctions cannot be ruled out,” Aslam Shaikh said, according to Free Press Journal.

Out of the 2,238 active cases in the city on Monday, only 98 were in the hospitals. Mumbai on Monday reported 318 COVID-19 cases, the fifth day in a row when the addition to the tally was above 300. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official said 298 of the 318 new cases were asymptomatic, while just three of the 20 persons hospitalised needed oxygen support.

The BMC has also warned of an impending fourth wave and announced that all Jumbo Covid facilities will be functional till September in Mumbai with the rising number of Covid cases.

Last week, cabinet minister Aslam Shaikh said that Maharashtra will impose another lockdown if Covid cases continue to surge and exceed the 1,000-mark in the state.

“Given the pace at which patients are growing, restrictions will have to be put in place. Restrictions on airlines are still in place. If people don’t take care, the possibility of sanctions cannot be ruled out,” Aslam Shaikh said.

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