Mumbai logs 8,063 new Covid-19 cases

Mon 03 Jan 2022, 13:21:24
Mumbai: With the emerging pandemic crisis looming large over Maharashtra, Mumbai on Sunday once again threatened to emerge as the Covid-19 capital of India, as the metropolis accounted for a staggering 8063 fresh cases.

Mumbai, which had remained second worst Covid-19 city in the country after Pune in the first and second Covid-19 wave periods, appeared to be reeling under the third pandemic wave, given the shocking increase in the number of fresh cases in the metropolis day after day during the last one week.      

Concerned by the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 infections during the last five to six days, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner I S Chahal appealed to all the home quarantined patients to strictly abide by home quarantine guidelines so as to contain the spread of virus in Mumbai at the earliest possible.

“Yesterday 8063 new Covid-19 cases have been detected in Mumbai out of which 89 per cent were found to be totally asymptomatic and total number of active cases in Mumbai is now 29819. However, out of 8063 new cases today, only 503 have been hospitalised out of which 56 cases have been put on oxygenated beds.  As on today 90% of hospital beds in Mumbai are vacant,” Chahal said in a statement issued in the evening  

“There is no reason to panic but at the same time all of us have to be extremely cautious and exercise extreme Covid appropriate behaviour.  Mask is mandatory in public domain and citizens should refrain from going to crowded places.  All of us must join hands to tide over this new wave of Covid pandemic,” the Mumbai civic chief said.

On a day when it claimed nine lives in the state, the Covid-19 cases rose from  9170 cases to 11,877 casxes, taking the total number of the cases from 66,87,991 cases to 66,99,868 cases

As 2,069 patients were discharged from the hospitals across the state after full recovery, the total number of people discharged from the hospitals since the second week of March last year increased from 65,10,541 to 65,12,610 cases. The recovery rate in the state dropped from 97.35 per cent to 97.21 per cent.

The number of “active cases” in the state increased 32,225 cases to 42,024 cases.  The fatality rate in the state stood static at 2.11 per cent.   

Mumbai accounted for a maximum of 42,024 cases, while there were 4669 active in Thane.  There were 3274 active  cases  in Pune, followed by Palghar (806), Raigad  (746), Nashik (638888888),,  Ahmednagar (431), Nagpur (322) and Satara (275).

Of the 6,92,59,618 samples sent to various laboratories across the state so far, 66,99,868 have tested positive (9.67 per cent) for COVID-19 until Friday.

Currently, 2,43,250  people are in home quarantine while 1,091 people are in institutional quarantine.

Meanwhile, the State recorded 50 cases of Omicron, taking the total number of new Covid-19 variant cases to 510 cases. Of the new Omicron cases reported on Sunday, 38 have been reported by the Indian Institute of Science and Research ( IISER) and 12 patients have been reported by the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS).

Of the 50 omicron cases reported in the state on Sunday, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) accounterd for 356 cases, followed by Pimprri-Chichwad-8, Pune rural, Sangliu – 2 each, Mumbai and Thane one each.

The following is the break-up of a  total 460 Omicron cases recorded in the state so far, Mumbai: 328, PMC-49, Pimpri-Chinchwad--36 Pune rural --23, Thane MC- 12 each, Navi Mumbai, Panvel – eighgt each,  Kalyan Dombivli—7, Satara, Nagpur—6 each, Osmanabad – 5, Vasai-Virar-4, Nanded—3, Aurangbad, Nanded, Buldhana, Bhiwandi-Nizampur—2 each, Ssangli-2 each,   Latur, Ahmednagar, Akola and Kolahpur—1 each.

Of the total cases, 183 patients have been discharged after a negative RT–PCR test.

In a related development,  the authorities said the total number of passengers who arrived at Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur airports since December 1 was 2,17,836 (31,546 from At-risk countries and rest 1,86,190 are from other countries), while passengers whose RT-PC tests have been done are 47,913 (31,646 are from high-risk countries and 16,267 are from other countries). Similarly, RT-PCR positive and samples sent for genomic sequencing was 446 ( 286 are from at-risk countries and 160 are from other countries).

Additionally, field surveillance of all international passengers who have arrived since 1st November is underway.

“Through airport and field surveillance, 2284 samples have been sent for genomic sequencing. The results of 134 are awaited so far,” the daily health bulletin said.

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