Most symptomatic cases likely to be confirmed cases, says BMC Commissioner
Geetanjali Minhas | January 13, 2022 | Mumbai
Mumbai has reported 16,420 new Covid -19 cases, adding nearly 5,000 cases in a day. Out of the total cases reported, 13,793 (84%) are asymptomatic. There were seven deaths, all reported to have comorbidities.
As many as 916 patients were hospitalized out of which 98 patients were put on oxygenated beds. Out of the total 36,811 available beds, 6946 (18.8%) are occupied as Wednesday.
Mumbai’s doubling rate is 36 days and recovery rate is 87%. Between January 5 and January 11, the overall growth rate of Covid cases in the city is 1.85%.
Mumbai has a drop in daily cases in the last four days since reporting 20,971 cases on January 7, the highest number of reported cases. On Tuesday the city reported 11,647 cases and two deaths.
The number of active sealed buildings in Mumbai has come down to 56 from 63 on Tuesday and 168 on January 10.
A few days ago the MoHFW advised against the testing of asymptomatic patients/ asymptomatic contacts of confirmed patients.
In the 24 hours to Wednesday evening, 18,945 high-risk contacts have been traced out of which 542 high-risk contacts are in CCC1.
Earlier, on January 10, the BMC released 2,798 containment zones (slums and chawls) and 66,261 sealed buildings and micro containment zones.
“Due to the recent change in the National Covid Testing Guidelines two days ago, where it has been directed that only symptomatic cases will be tested, it is likely to create a spike in positivity as most of the symptomatic cases would be almost confirmed positive cases,” municipal commissioner IS Chahal said.
Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 46,723 fresh Covid-19 cases out of which 86 are Omicron cases. 21 cases are reported in Mumbai, 53 in PMC, six in Pimpri-Chinchwad MC, one in Pune rural, three in Satara, and two in Nashik. Mumbai has a total of 627 Omicron cases as on date, the highest number, followed by 329 cases in Pune MC. 32 Covid deaths were reported in the state on Wednesday and case fatality rate in is 2.01%.
India’s active caseload stands at 9,55,319 (2.65%) and the recovery rate is 96.01%. The daily positivity rate is 11.5% and the weekly positivity rate is 9.82%.
Earlier in the day, Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar said the number of Covid-19 cases and Omicron variant were slowly coming down in the city. She appealed to citizens to get vaccinated against the viral infection. In a recorded video message issued by the mayor's office, Pednekar said 94% of those who died due to Covid-19 so far since February 2021 were unvaccinated.
On Tuesday, Dr Shashank Joshi, member of the state Covid-19 task force, indicated a flattening of the third wave of the pandemic in Mumbai with daily cases dropping to 11,647, a 14.66% drop over Monday. Along with this the test positivity rate fell from 23% to 18% and bed coverage also dropped from 21% to 19.9% within 24 hours.
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