Mumbai on a road to recovery; reports lowest death toll in 100 days!

Number of new cases also witnessed a downward trend.

Mumbai reported its lowest fatalities count (20), in the last 105 days and is showing increase in active recovery and improvement in medical competence too. An increase in the number of recoveries over admissions in the medical centres and a lower number of active cases has brought a ray of hope to the city.

What's the news?

The virus of COVID-19 infection seems to be losing its grip on the city of Mumbai with a reduced caseload and a dip in the virus-related fatalities to 20 since May 11. Recording 743-the lowest number of cases since August 15, the total number of cases right now is 1,37,096. With about 1,11,082 recoveries, only 18,267 of the total remain active. Out of these active patients, a percentage as high as 95% have been categorised as mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic and about 3% have been marked as critical. The remaining 2% have needs of external oxygen ventilators and support.

The downward trend of new cases and deaths in the city has been identified due to the festive galore in the city. The medical officials have pinned the lower death rates to lower case identification in the city over the weekend. A surge in fatalities and cases expected once the COVID care centres and the hospitals update their weekly reports.

However, with help of the medical expertise and execution of the treatment protocols, the recovery rate can be further increased, and the death count can be lowered.

Knock Knock

Mumbai has been showing improved statistics this month, with the total number of fresh cases falling by one third of those reported in July. Though the potency of the virus has not lost its ferocity and there is still a threat of active transmission, the expertise of senior consultants and standard treatment protocol is expected to cure the city of Mumbai and its people.

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