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Mumbai sees over 6,300 new COVID infections, lockdown not under discussion: Health Minister

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai sees over 6,300 new COVID infections, lockdown not under discussion: Health Minister

Maharashtra: Continuing the upward trend of fresh Covid cases, Mumbai on Saturday reported 6,347 fresh Covid cases, the municipality said. Out of these new cases, around 5,712 are asymptomatic, which may be an indication of the spread of the Omicron variant, which is spreading fast without causing severe illness. On Friday, Mumbai recorded 5,428 fresh cases; on Thursday, the tally was 3,555.

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The imposition of lockdown in the state was not being discussed at present, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said here on Saturday.

Maharashtra on Friday reported 8,067 new coronavirus cases, 50 per cent more than the day before. Disaster management minister Vijay Wadettiwar had said the day before that the “stage of fresh lockdown” was nearing, but the decision will be taken by the chief minister.

“Decision of lockdown is not under discussion currently. The government will take decision about restrictions by taking into consideration the case positivity rate, hospital bed occupancy and oxygen consumption. If the daily (medical) oxygen requirement crosses 700 metric tons, then the state will go into lockdown automatically,” the health minister said.

Tope was here to attend a function to mark the 39th anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi Mission educational trust. “Currently we have imposed some restrictions on social gatherings. If it brings the virus spread under control, well and good. Otherwise we will have to impose stricter restrictions,” the health minister added. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray will hold a meeting of top officials in this regard soon, he said.

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Earlier on Saturday the centre wrote to state and UTs to advise them to set up makeshift hospitals and form special teams to fight COVID-19 amid growing national alarm over the Omicron variant.

Data shared by the Union Health Ministry indicates that thickly-populated metro cities like Mumbai and Delhi are seeing some of the most worrying increase in Covid cases, with the national capital having already logged over 350 Omicron Covid cases.

The centre has also urged all states and UTs to ramp up testing to quickly identify and isolate Covid-positive people, particularly those who may be carrying the Omicron strain.

The country has reported over 1,400 Omicron cases overall, with Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat the unwelcome leaders on that front.

India on Saturday reported 22,775 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours.

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