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8,063 new Covid cases in Mumbai; rise in containment zones and sealed buildings

Mumbai Covid-19 news: While the number of beds occupied in the hospitals might have increased, the majority of new cases are asymptomatic. Of the 8,063 cases identified on January 2, 89 per cent (7,176) are asymptomatic.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: January 3, 2022 10:59:48 am
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Mumbai on Sunday recorded 8,063 new Covid 19 cases, an increase of 1,883 cases in 24 hours.

The daily positivity rate increased from 13 per cent on Saturday to 16.9 per cent on Sunday. Active Covid cases in Mumbai stand at 29,819. The city logged 578 recoveries on Sunday.

The sharp rise in daily cases and active caseload have led to a slight increase in the number of people hospitalised in the city. The bed occupancy was 1,960 on December 27 — when the city had 14,887 beds. As on January 2, the total bed strength has been doubled to 30,565, of which 3,059 are occupied.

While the number of beds occupied in the hospitals might have increased, the majority of new cases are asymptomatic. Of the 8,063 cases identified on January 2, 89 per cent (7,176) are asymptomatic. As many as 503 of the cases required hospitalisation, while 56 needed oxygen support on Sunday.

Urging citizens to follow Covid-19 protocols like wearing masks in public places, Municipal Commissioner I S Chahal on Sunday said, “As of today 90 per cent of hospital beds in Mumbai are vacant. I appeal to all the home quarantined patients to strictly abide by home quarantine guidelines so as to contain the spread of the virus in Mumbai at the earliest. I also appeal to citizens to strictly follow Covid appropriate behaviour. There is no reason to panic but at the same time, all of us have to be extremely cautious and exercise extreme Covid appropriate behaviour. Mask is mandatory in the public domain and citizens should refrain from going to crowded places. All of us must join hands to tide over this new wave of Covid pandemic.”

The civic body on Saturday said that it has decided to hospitalise only symptomatic patients infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 to save beds for those in need. Asymptomatic patients, who are 80 per cent of the total infected patients, will be either admitted at Covid Care Centre-2 (CCC-2) at the ward level or quarantined at identified hotels at their own expense.

The sharp increase in daily cases and emergence of Omicron have led to a rise in containment zones and sealed buildings. Containment zones in Mumbai rose from zero on December 27 to nine on Sunday.

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