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COVID in Mumbai faces 'Sunday effect' as fresh case count dips amid low testing

Fresh COVID cases in Mumbai continue to fall for the third consecutive day on Monday

Amid the rising threat of COVID spread in Mumbai, fresh tallies on January 10 were subjected to the 'Sunday effect', with cases lowering in wake of fewer testing during the weekend. As per reports, new infections in the city continued to dip for the third consecutive day on Monday to 13,648 cases. This figure is about 30% less than 19,474 cases reported on Saturday and even lower than 20,318, on the day before that.

Home-testing kits linked to uncounted COVID cases

Going by daily sampling records, around 71,619 tests were conducted in Mumbai on Friday. This number lowered to 68,249 on Saturday, dropping down further to only 59,242 on Sunday. The low-testing factor was seen as a state-wide phenomenon; testing dipped from 2.02 lakh on Saturday to 1.73 lakh on Sunday in Maharashtra.

It may be noted that the diagnostic results are counted a day after - as such the number of tests conducted on Sunday affect the Monday load. Fresh cases, in turn, decreased to 33,470 cases on January 10, marking a 25% dip from the 44,3888 cases, a day before.

Reports even suggest that real-time cases in Mumbai or Maharashtra maybe two to three times over that those reported. This can be directly linked to the popularity of using home-testing kits. Since people are identifying the cases personally, with formal testing, the administrative count is much lower, civic officials said.

In line with this lowering case trend, the rate of hospitalisation has also gone down in Mumbai. The city recorded about 798 admissions on Monday after 5 successive days of reporting over 1000 hospitalisations. With this, around 21% of COVID beds are occupied here but there is no pressure on the medical infrastructure.

Case figures on Tuesday to derive a conclusion

While case figures on Monday dipped significantly than the previous days, indicating lower testing - the daily spike was found to be much higher than the peak of Delta led the second wave in April 2021. In wake of this increased positivity rate, the Health Minister has highlighted the urgency and importance of imposing curbing restrictions.

On the other hand, doctors believe that the number of cases reported on Tuesday shall determine the trajectory of this wave and service a conclusion. The following week is crucial for Mumbai, in line with the Omicron rise across the state. Currently, Maharashtra is nursing the highest number of 1,247 Omicron cases in India.

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