Mumbai reported 2,554 new Kovid cases in the last 24 hours on Tuesday evening. These are the lowest daily numbers for five weeks. There were also 62 virus-related deaths in the city.
However, only 29,076 coronovirus tests were conducted during 24 hours, causing some concerns that the number of new cases may actually be higher every day.
Mumbai’s test reached around 56,000 per day in April; Average city officials conducted approximately 44,000 tests per day last month. The number has gone below 30,000 in the last few days; Less than 28,000 Kovid tests were conducted on Sunday over a 24-hour period.
Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said, “The test touched a figure of 56,000 last month. The average daily test in April was around 44,000 per day. We need to raise the test (now) to 40,000 per day.” The news agency PTI gave this information on Sunday.
Mr. Chahal had urged people to come forward and test themselves, and cautioned that these numbers could not be allowed to fall during the weekend.
Mumbai’s positivity rate – the percentage of Kovid tests that returned positive results – has fallen to 8.78 percent; Last week it was around 10 per cent.
The doubling rate – the number of days to double the caseload – has increased to 116.
Mumbai, like parts of Maharashtra and other areas of the country, has been hit hard by the second Kovid wave, which has put immense pressure on health systems.
However, the good news is that Mumbai is among the 15 districts that show a declining trend in cases.
The city has also opened Maharashtra’s first drive-in vaccination center, as the state government vaccinates as many people as possible. The drive-in center is located at Kohinoor Public Parking Center in Dadar West, and can vaccinate around 200 people a day.
Vaccine deficiency remains a problem, however, with vaccination at three other centers closed last week due to lack of dose.
On Tuesday evening, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that around 18.5 lakh doses – 13.58 lakh of Kovishield and 4.89 lakh of Kovaxin – were ordered for people in the 18-44 age group.
With input from PTI