On Tuesday, Maharashtra saw a 51% increase in Covid cases compared to yesterday, with 18,466 new infections (12,160). In Mumbai, there were 10,860 infections (34 percent more than Monday), with 89 percent of the cases asymptomatic.
In the previous 24 hours, Maharashtra has seen 20 Covid deaths. According to the daily briefing, 834 of the total new cases in Mumbai required hospitalisation, with 52 of them also requiring medical oxygen.
Experts suspect that Omicron, a novel extremely contagious variety, is to blame for the current uptick in infections in major cities, including Mumbai. The state with the most cases of the new variety in the country is Maharashtra.
So far, 653 Omicron-infected patients have been reported in Maharashtra, with the majority of them hailing from Mumbai (408), followed by Pune (71). The state has recorded 70 new Omicron cases in the last 24 hours.
According to the daily bulletin, 3,98,391 people are in home quarantine across the state.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar told a news outlet that India’s financial hub is prepared to confront even a “tsunami” of cases.
“We have followed the WHO guidelines. We have jumbo quarantine centres ready. While the city and Maharashtra will do its best to contain the spread, even if a tsunami comes, we should be ready,” she told.
The mayor also told the news agency that the paucity of hospital beds and medical oxygen during the second Covid wave had taught him a lesson. “Last time, we mentioned the holes. We’re all set for the third wave now.”
Currently, there are about 47,000 active cases in the city, with 4,491 patients hospitalised.
16 containment zones have been identified throughout the city, with 369 structures currently secured.
Some experts believe that Omicron only produces minor symptoms. However, information and details about the new variation are still being gathered.