New Delhi: Mumbai on Thursday reported 13,702 new COVID-19 cases, witnessing a dip of over 16 per cent from yesterday. The active cases in the city stood at 95,123 and six more deaths due to the coronavirus were reported today. Maharashtra on Thursday reported 46,406 new coronavirus cases, 317 less than a day before, and 36 more fatalities linked to the infection. No new Omicron infection was reported in the state, it said.
On Wednesday Mumbai reported 16,420 new coronavirus positive cases, logging around 41 per cent rise than the previous day, while seven patients succumbed to the infection, as per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). As compared to Tuesday, the city witnessed 4,773 more cases.
The city had been witnessing a drop in daily cases after reporting the highest ever 20,971 cases on January 7. On Tuesday, it had reported 11,647 cases, while two patients had succumbed to the infection that day.
Along with the increase in daily cases, Mumbai’s COVID-19 positivity rate also surged to 24.38 per cent from 18.75 per cent on Tuesday.
Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said the rise in daily positive cases is due to the revised national testing guidelines. “Due to the recent change in the national COVID testing guidelines two days ago, wherein it has been directed that only symptomatic cases will be tested, it is likely to create a spike in positivity,” he said.
The overall growth rate of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai is 1.85 per cent for the period between January 5 and 11, while the case doubling rate is 36 days, the civic body said.
Till Wednesday, Mumbai had 56 sealed buildings, but no containment zone in slums and chawls. The civic body seals buildings if the occupants of 20 per cent of the total number of flats or at least 10 residents are found infected.
Last year, Mumbai had reported the highest number of 11,163 daily cases on April 4, while the highest fatality count of 90 was recorded on May 1. The pandemic had broken out in Mumbai on March 11, 2020.