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COVID cases​ rise for the 11th consecutive day in Maharashtra, cross the 40k mark

No Omicron infection traced in the last 24 hours in the state

COVID cases in Maharashtra continue to rise for 11 consecutive days, with the fresh load rising over the 40,000 mark on Friday. While no infection of the Omicron variant was detected here in the last 24 hours, the case positivity rate in the state is still high, intensifying the threat of the 'third wave' here. As per reports, Maharashtra's COVID tally has clocked over the 69 lakh mark, with 1,41,492 active cases. The state officials are expecting this figure to rise over the 2 lakh count by the third week of January.

Increased travel spike COVID spread

Maharashtra witnessed a massive case spike on Friday, despite the Omicron infection hitting the zero mark. It may be noted here that the state logged in 79 fresh mutant cases on Thursday with Mumbai leading the list with a cumulative load of 876 such infections.

The state capital further also nurses the biggest share of Maharashtra's fresh caseload, with 20,971 fresh cases on its plate. This accounts for about 50% of the state's single day load and the city's highest-ever daily spike.

These extremely high numbers are being attributed to increased travel from 'at-risk' and 'high-risk' countries, added reports. A total of 35,697 travellers have landed here the countries posing a COVID threat, of which 403 have tested positive. Around 416 travellers from other countries have also tested positive. Their reports have been sent for genome sequencing now to confirm Omicron suspicion.

Besides, another 2,742 positive samples from field surveys conducted since November 1, 2021 have been sent for genomic sequencing. Reports of 86 such samples are currently awaited, the officials said.

Cases to further rise in Maharashtra

According to experts review, the third wave is still in its rising phase and yet to hit its peak in Maharashtra. This suggests that cases are yet to rise here in the coming days. The state officials, as such, has buckled up to handle the anticipated rise in hospitalisation for the next 2-3 weeks. Maharashtra presently has 4 lakh beds, of while around 3.84% are currently occupied.

Records further show that around 2.6% of 98,277 oxygen beds and 1.94% of 29,010 ICU beds are full in the state. 471 patients in Maharashtra are presently on ventilator support. This accounts for a 3.9% occupancy of 12,083 such beds here. The state is also stepping up on its isolation bed capacity to o 2,23,249, of which 4.6% is full.

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