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Mumbai records over 8,000 new COVID-19 cases; State surpasses 11k, Omicron 50

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai records over 8,000 new COVID-19 cases; State surpasses 11k, Omicron 50

Maharashtra: Mumbai on Sunday recorded 8,063 fresh Covid 19 cases today, higher than yesterday by 27%. Although, no deaths were recorded in the city in the last 24 hours. The total death toll in the city stands at 16,377. Cases in Mumbai have been on a steep rise for the last few days. It accounts for the maximum number of cases recorded all over Maharashtra.

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In Maharashtra, 11,877 new corona cases were found in the last 24 hours. Total 9 deaths due to the infection have been registered today, none of which are from Mumbai.

On the Omicron front, Maharashtra reported 50 new cases including 36 from Pune city, eight from Pimpri Chinchwad, two each from Pune Rural and Sangli, and one each from Thane and Mumbai. The overall Omicron tally of the state reached 510.

Sunday’s number for Mumbai is a sharp rise as on Saturday, the entire state recorded around 9,000 fresh cases. As during the previous wave, Mumbai is emerging as a hotspot along with Delhi. West Bengal has put a cap on flight operations from these two cities.

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The steady surge is an indication that the Omicron variant is driving the increase and, according to BMC data, Omicron has proved to be the dominant variant in some bunch of samples sent for genome sequencing. Community transmission of Omicron in Mumbai has not been ruled out either by experts.

The Maharashtra government is estimating a huge jump in the number of infections in the third wave which many experts believe has already set in. This is primarily because Omicron is known to be more contagious than Delta. Dr Pradeep Vyas, additional chief secretary (health) has said Maharashtra may report a total of 2 lakh active Covid cases by the third week of January. “Based on the current trend of rising COVID cases in the state, it is expected that we will have about two lakh active cases by the third week of January 2022. Separate instructions are issued for managing these numbers, in case some of them need hospitalisation,” he said.

“Don’t be lulled by the narrative that third wave or Omicron wave is mild and not fatal. It’s equally fatal for those who are not vaccinated and have comorbidities. So please improve vaccination coverage and save lives,” Dr Vyas added.

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