Experts suggest the third wave is flattening in Mumbai
Though the pandemic scare continues to wreck the health situation, a decline in the number of new cases in Mumbai has brought some respite. As per reports, around 11,647 fresh infections were reported here on Tuesday, down from 2,001 from the previous day. This is notably the fourth day in succession when cases in Mumbai are dipping. The cumulative city tally now stands at 9,39,867 cases.
COVID positivity rate dips in Mumbai
According to a BMC bulletin, fresh cases in Mumbai has declined by a major 44% on Tuesday, since the sharpest COVID peak ever on January 7. Though the city pooled in 20, 971 cases on Friday, the infection rate has been dipping significantly since then. Mumbai reported 20,318 on Saturday, 19,474 on Sunday and 13,648 on Monday, hitting an even lower tally of 11,647 cases on Tuesday.
This lowering effect was also recorded in the Dharavi hotspot; in the last 24 hours, only 51 infections were reported in the slum region. While these falling numbers indicate the flattening of the third wave, low testing across the city could also factor as a reason for the sharp decline.
The limited testing theory is justified by the declining coronavirus positivity rate in the Maximum City. The CPR fell to 18.75 per cent on Tuesday from over 23 per cent a day ago. On the same scale, the rate has dipped from 30% to 20% in the last 2 days. The total active tally now stands at 1,00,523 cases.
Despite the relief, the public is advised to keep the COVID guard on for the Omicron wave is still spreading fast. As far as the case figures on Tuesday dipped to a 4-day low to the count of 11, 647 - the daily spike was found to be much higher than the peak of 11,163 cases during Delta led the second wave in April 2021.
The Maharashtra COVID scare
Meanwhile, an infection surge among medical officers in Maharashtra has intensified the pandemic scare here. As many as 481 resident doctors tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday here, raising health concerns. "At least 481 resident doctors have tested COVID positive in Maharashtra so far.", Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors President Dr Avinash Dahiphale reportedly stated.
In addition to this, around 34,424 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the state on Tuesday. A state health bulletin further highlighted that 18,967 discharges and 22 fatalities made up the COVID stats for the day.