The daily positivity rate in Mumbai has shot up by 25%
On its worst pandemic day, Mumbai recorded 15,014 COVID cases with the daily positivity rate rising as high as 25%. As per reports, the Wednesday tallies are notably the highest ever since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. The health department has hinted at a further infection spike in the next 2 weeks, which may also increase hospital admissions in Mumbai.
A high percentage of cases are asymptomatic
The COVID transmission, led by the fast-spreading Omicron variant in Mumbai has pushed active cases to surge over 30 times in a month. Mumbai was nursing a total of 1,992 cases on December 1, 2021, and the tally increased to around 61,923 on 5th January 2022. This spike has marked the emergent rise of the 'third wave' in the city.
Meanwhile, reports have suggested that cases are rising much faster than hospitalization in Mumbai, for a major chunk of cases are either mild or asymptomatic. As per the BMC records, around 87% of the fresh COVID cases are asymptomatic. This accounts for a total of 13,195 patients in Mumbai.
The remaining 1,218 have been admitted to health centres for clinical attention. Civic records show that around 13.2% of the total infected cases in Mumbai are admitted to hospitals. Here also, only 1% of the patients are critically infected, resulting in an even slower ICU admission.
Mumbai vaccination crosses the 1 crore mark
Parallelly, Mumbai on Wednesday also crossed the 1 core COVID vaccination mark, claiming a major milestone is its fight against the pandemic. The inoculation campaign was launched here in January 2021, and in the course of one year, over 1.81 crore jabs, including both first and second doses have been administered here.
Vaccination has also commenced in the 15-17 age category, since January 3, boosting the overall scope of COVID immunity in the city - in general and the country at large.