After dip in first two days of March, cases cross 1,000-mark in Mumbai
Mumbai’s witnessing a dip in fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday and Tuesday may have been due to a reduction in daily testing – from more than 20,000 tests per day last week to between 16,000 to 18,000 in the first two days of March. But on Wednesday, the number of cases again went up to 1,121 after BMC conducted 21,752 tests.
The day also saw an increase in the number of deaths with six persons succumbing to Covid-19, taking the city’s toll to 11,487. There are 8,694 active infections.
On Tuesday, Mumbai had diagnosed 849 new cases against 18,469 tests. A day before, 855 cases were found from 16,451 tests. Between February 23 and February 28, 21,000 to 23,000 tests a day were being conducted and more than 1,000 cases detected daily.
The city’s positivity rate, which had remained the same over the last one week – around 4.5 per cent – rose to 5.1 per cent on Wednesday. Until January, it was 2.5 per cent.
Health officials said they have been planning to scale up the vaccination drive that began for the general public on March 1.
Mumbai is conducting contact tracing of over 13,000 people a day, of which over 8,000 fall in the high-risk category. On an average, 13 to 15 people per case are being traced.
Dr Shashank Joshi, a member of the state Covid-19 task force, said that disease surveillance continues to remain stringent and the daily drop in cases could mean a dip in the infection. “If less number of people are testing positive through contact tracing, it means less people are getting infected.”