After a lull in the COVID activity for about 11 days in Mumbai, fresh cases surged to a new scale of 821 infections on Wednesday. As per reports, this count is second only to the 863 cases logged on June 5. The spike accounts for almost a 50% increment as compared to the last two days. While the virus uptick was traced to be a state phenomenon, with cases rising across Maharashtra, a dip in fatalities and positivity rate stretched a sense of respite.
A contrast of COVID trends in Mumbai & across
After reporting less than 10,00 cases for the last two days, Maharashtra reported around 10,107 cases on Wednesday. The surging effect was most prominent in state capital Mumbai, where COVID tallies shot up over the 800 mark in the last 24 hours. Here also, the daily surged was restricted to 572 and 530 cases on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. As per Wednesday records, the total caseload in Maharashtra stands at 59.3 lakh, while Mumbai's load looms over the 7.1 lakh count.
Meanwhile, the state's toll dipped to 237 deaths, from 388 virus-related fatalities on Tuesday. The morbid aggregate stands at 1.15 lakh, the highest across the nation. Parallelly, Mumbai's death rate has been steadily declining for a week now and was restricted to 11 deaths on Wednesday.
For the past five days, Mumbai's death toll has been contained below 20 and BMC officials are confident of a further decline. As per data records, Mumbai has witnessed around 15,227 deaths, since the dawn of the pandemic last year.
In another healing trend, the positivity ratio and the number of critical patients in the city have also declined. This can be attributed to the city's laudable Mumbai Model. However, the state's COVID task force believes that the city needs to adopt an aggressive testing strategy to tail and trace more cases, like Pune and Delhi.
Active recovery projects for flattening of peak
Mumbai has been projecting an active recovery, in line with the state's recuperative rate of 96%. This has resulted in a dip in the number of active cases across all districts. As per figures, Maharashtra nurses a total of 1.3 lakh COVID patients presently. Of this, Mumbai shares the load of 17,782 patients. This suggests the fattening of the peak here.
There are other 6 other districts in Maharashtra which are churning over 15% case positive rate, adding almost the same number of COVID infections to the state's load as Mumbai. Reportedly, containment measures will be implemented at priority focus in these regions. Officials also informed that the testing potentials will also be doubled here to expedite the tracking of high-risk contacts.