Updated: January 5, 2022 9:34:07 am
Mumbai News: Mumbai continued to witness a massive spike in Covid-19 cases as the city on Tuesday reported 10,860 new infections — 34% higher than Monday — and two fatalities. With the fresh infections and deaths reported, the infection tally rose to 8,18,462 and the toll stood at 16,381. As per the data provided by the city health department, 89 per cent patients are asymptomatic. The city had on Monday reported 8,082 fresh Covid-19 cases and two deaths with a test positivity rate of 16.3 per cent.
Maharashtra has reported 18,466 new cases and 20 deaths, while the active cases rose to 66,308. With these new additions, Maharashtra’s overall Covid-19 tally rose to 67,30,494 and the death toll to 1,41,573. Seventy-five people were found to be infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19, taking the tally of such cases to 653 in the state.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Tuesday said if the daily Covid-19 cases cross the 20,000-mark, a lockdown will be imposed in the city as per the Union government’s rules. Talking to reporters at her office in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters, Pednekar also suggested that citizens wear triple-layer masks while travelling in public buses and local trains. She also appealed to them to get vaccinated at the earliest and follow all Covid-19-related standard operating procedures (SOPs). “We should not let such a time come for the city. None of us wants lockdown but we all need to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and ensure that there is no need for it (lockdown),” she said.
Amid a sudden rise in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, BMC-run schools will remain closed for classes 1 to 9 and class 11 till January 31. However, online classes will continue, said Raju Tadvi, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s education officer.
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