Maharashtra Covid Cases Up, But Daily Mumbai Tally Falls To Lowest in 2022

January 21, 2022

MUMBAI: Daily Covid case detection in the city dropped to 5,708 on Thursday from 6,032 on Wednesday, the lowest so far this year. Cases have been mostly dipping this week after a sudden and steep climb since December.

The trend is the opposite in the state, with Covid cases rising every day this week, including 5% on Thursday to 46,197 from Wednesday’s 43,697. In fact, the Thursday tally is almost 48.5% more than the Monday caseload of 31,111.

Fatalities in the state reported a drop to 37, including 12 in Mumbai. The city had reported a dozen deaths on Wednesday too.

The daily test positivity in the city has stayed steady at 10% for the last few days. Nearly a month after the sudden spike, Mumbai is no longer driving the Covid-19 graph of the state. As per the weekly Covid presentation to the state cabinet, Pune and Thane district have higher active cases than Mumbai. The city has reported a nearly 70% decline in active cases in just one week. From over 1 lakh patients under treatment on January 12, the number went down to 31,856 on January 19 and further dropped to 21,838 on Thursday.

A senior civic doctor said while Mumbai is on a decline, the rest of Maharashtra is witnessing a surge. The weekly positivity rate of the state stood at 23.5% and there were 10 districts with a higher rate. Nashik was leading the charts with nearly 39%, while Mumbai’s rate is much lower than smaller districts like Latur, Nandurbar and Dhule.

“Mumbai was the epicentre of the first and second waves in the state. The population density is so high in Mumbai that the surge is first noticed in Mumbai and, as migration occurs, cases spread to other parts of the state,” said intensivist Dr Kedar Toraskar, a member of the state government’s Covid task force. “The worst seems to be over for Mumbai. The city’s population has at least got a natural booster against Covid,” he added.

The contribution from Mumbai and the rest of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region to the state tally has dropped in the last 15 days. On January 7, MMR contributed 33,235 of the state’s total of 40,925 while MMR’s share on Thursday dropped to 12,054 of the state 46,197 tally.

However, despite the growing Omicron wave in the state, active cases have been dropping — from 2.7 lakh on Tuesday to 2.6 lakh on Thursday.

Health minister Rajesh Tope said due to consistent testing, nearly 95% of the critical care beds in the state were lying unoccupied as most of the patients were getting treated in home isolation.

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