Mumbai is back in the list of 5 most infected districts in Maharashtra
Mumbai has recorded over 400 cases every day since the beginning of September, marking a distinct upward curve of the pandemic graph here. On Sunday, the city's fresh tally rose to 495 infections, recording the sharpest single-day uptick since August 5. As of now, Mumbai is nursing an active load of around 4,003 patients.
COVID surge targets high-rise buildings in Mumbai
The COVID-19 positivity ratio in Mumbai has scaled to a 2.4% mark, yielding an average of 409 cases in the past week (August 30 to September 5). As observed by the BMC, the new caseload is increasing predominantly in the high-rise areas of Mumbai, moving the civic authority to seal them. On the other hand, slums, which are also under the 'third wave' are not under any containment purview.
Besides Mumbai, the state has marked about seven 'districts of concern' including Pune, Ahmednagar, Satara, Solapur, Sangli, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg which are observing the pandemic surge. Data records suggest the rise of test positivity ratio here. Reportedly, the case positivity ratio in Pune and Ahmednagar have clocked up to the 6.58% and 5.08% mark, respectively, after being limited with the 5% line for several weeks.
Maharashtra makes arrangements to defeat the pandemic
In a conference here on Sunday, Chief Minister Thackerey urged people to mask-up and get vaccinated against the virus. It is the people who have the power to control or promote the 'third wave' COVID, he said, adding that the pandemic guard must not slip despite the dip in the cases. He encouraged the people to follow safety protocols to completely defeat the virus and its impact and not just reduce it to the endemic stage.
The Minister also informed that the government has upgraded the health infrastructure to avert the impact of a successive COVID wave when it strikes. From hospital beds to the supply of medical-grade oxygen, the state has boosted its preparations, in line with priority to citizen safety. The state is further making arrangements to ensure that the oxygen requirement does not go beyond its capacity of independently producing 1,400 metric tonnes a day, the CM said.