Mumbai saw a massive rise in new coronavirus cases once again today with 3,671 infections – 46% higher than yesterday – amid concerns over Omicron, the new variant that has been branded as “highly contagious” by experts and has triggered concern over a third wave in the country.
Maharashtra recorded 5,368 fresh infections within the last 24 hours, 37 percent higher than yesterday.
India’s financial capital has seen a fivefold increase over the last week in the daily increase in Covid cases – the city registered 683 infections last Friday.
In fear of a new wave of coronavirus, the city’s civic body – Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation – has reactivated its departmental war rooms to tackle the growing number of cases.
These war rooms are equipped in all 24 wards to handle hospitalizations, oxygen and medication needs, and vaccination.
The war rooms – which follow the “test, trace and treat” strategy – also keep track of patients who are isolated in their homes.
While cases have increased, Mumbai’s civic body has said more than 90 percent of cases are asymptomatic.
This afternoon, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray met with the state’s Covid task force. One of the most important discussions at the high-level meeting was about the new variant that is believed to drive up the infections in the state, which has the highest overall cases in the country (66,65,386).
Despite a ban on large gatherings ahead of the New Year celebrations in Mumbai, the streets are still witnessing huge crowds.
Across India, 961 Omicron cases have been registered so far, the government said today, stressing that the country is ready to tackle the increase and there is “no need to panic”.
Delhi, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Bengaluru are among the other major cities that have witnessed an increase in infections over the last week.