Delhi, Mumbai report huge spike in Covid-19 cases

Delhi and Mumbai recorded a sharp rise in the Omicron and Covid-19 numbers on Wednesday. The daily Covid count in Mumbai increased from 1,352 infections to 2,510 in the 24 hours since Tuesday. One death was reported, the biggest single-day increase in the city in the past seven months, which has contributed to the majority of Maharashtra’s cases.

Delhi’s omicron count stood at 238 and the cumulative Covid-19 infections stood at 923, with no deaths. In the last two weeks, the Covid positivity rate in the capital has been increasing and rose to 1.29 per cent on Wednesday.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that about 51,000 tests are being done daily in Mumbai, out of which about 2200 reports are coming positive.

“This 4 per cent positivity rate is not good (signal). This is a cause for concern,” he said. Tope said the Delhi government has imposed more restrictions and the number of active patients will increase if people in Maharashtra fail to follow the Covid-19 norms and proper behaviour.

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Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray held a meeting with officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Later talking to reporters, Thackeray said that though the hospitalization rate in Mumbai is low, the number of cases is increasing. “There are 54,000 beds available in Mumbai,” he said. He said that New Year celebrations would not be allowed in public places in Mumbai and strict action would be taken against those violating the COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the state. “This could be the start of the third wave. Last week, there were 150 cases (in Mumbai) and now we have 2,500. There is no need to panic, all precautions should be taken.”

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The number of Omicrons in the country increased to 823. Delhi had the highest number of cases at 238, followed by Maharashtra with 167 and Gujarat (97).

According to the health ministry data, the cumulative COVID count across the country stood at 9,195 with 302 deaths in the last 24 hours till 8 am. The number of cases on the previous day stood at 6,358. India’s daily positivity rate for the last 86 days was 0.79 percent, which was less than 2 percent and the weekly positivity rate was 0.68 percent, which was less than 1 percent for the last 45 days.

India conducted 11.67 lakh tests during the last day, taking the total to 67.52 crore tests so far. 64.61 lakh vaccine doses were given on Wednesday, which is a total of 143.15 crore vaccinations so far. Also, according to the health ministry, more than 16.67 crore vaccine doses are still available with the states/UTs.