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.
From Dependence to Self-Reliance: Mapping India’s Rise as a Global Superpower By Bimal Jalan Rupa Publications, 184 pages, Rs 695 Bimal Jalan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has been one of our finest commentators on econom
While many countries have been chasing to reach the carbon neutral status, only a few seem to be living up to their pledges as of now. The famous ’Paris Agreement’ of 2015 was glorified and celebrated that finally 196 countries have united with an intent to mitigate and reduce the greenhouse ga
The government this week announced the Tour of Duty or `Agnipath` scheme for the recruitment of soldiers in the armed forces. Under this scheme new soldiers will be recruited only for four years. This radical and far-reaching scheme has attracted mixed reactions from various quarters. While some officials
UPI has become an integral part of our daily lives now. We use it to buy groceries, we use it to send money to friends and family, we use it to purchase tickets, book shows, pay the cab driver, and a whole host of other things due to the ease and availability of such a platform at our fingertips. The best
Scorching Love: Letters from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to his son, Devadas By Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Tridip Suhrud Oxford University Press, 528 page, Rs 1495 Gandhi’s era happened to be an era when letter-writing was a primary mode of communica
Crediting the citizens of Mumbai for coming forward to help the police in combating the crisis situation due to Covid-19, Mumbai police commissioner Sanjay Pandey has said that Mumbai Police lost quite a few policemen during the pandemic but cumulative efforts, with citizens working hand in hand with the p