Mumbai registered 6,180 new ones Covid-19 cases with a positivity of almost 13% on Saturday. The city contributed nearly 67 percent of the total of 9,170 Covid cases recorded in Maharashtra, which reported seven deaths and six new ones. Omicron cases, bringing the total number of Omicron infections in the state to 460.
The increase in Covid-19 cases in the last few days has seen the active cases in Mumbai rise to 22,334, which has led to an increase in hospitalizations in the city. Bed occupancy in Mumbai has increased by 51% from 1,960 registered on 27 December 2021 to 2,961 on 1 January.
As of December 1, 2021, the city had only 1,922 active Covid-19 cases. Now, 69.3% of the state’s total active Covid-19 cases – 32,225 – are from the state capital, which has become the epicenter of the apparent third wave in the midst of the spread of Omicron.
Of the 6,180 cases identified on January 1, 5,712 were asymptomatic. As many as 389 of the cases required hospitalization.
Omicron has a faster incubation period – the time difference between a person is exposed to the virus and shows symptoms – than Delta variant. However, reports across the globe show that hospitalization rates for Omicron are lower compared to the Delta variant. The duration of hospital stays is also shorter and the need for supplemental oxygen therapy is lower, the reports added.
“Omicron will spread faster and dominate the Delta variants. But as has been seen so far, the death toll will be minimal as the severity of Omicron is less, ”said Dr. Shashank Joshi, Member of the Covid-19 Task Force.
To anticipate more active Covid-19 cases, BMC has increased the overall bed strength in Mumbai. As of December 27, 2021, the city had 14,887 beds, of which 1,960 were occupied, while 12,927 (87%) of them were vacant. On January 1, the total bed strength has doubled to 32,064, of which 2,961 beds are occupied. A total of 248 patients are in respiratory support in Mumbai. However, 90% (29,103) of the beds in the city are still vacant, giving a silver lining.
“Currently, as we have observed, hospitalization is caused by both Omicron and Delta variants. A small proportion of patients in need of oxygen or intensive care units are mostly infected with Delta, which is more severe than Omicron. Said Dr. Gautam Bhansali, who is in charge of private Covid-19 beds.