New Delhi: Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 46,000 fresh Covid-19 cases at a positivity rate of 21.4 per cent. Of this, Mumbai logged 16,420 cases at a test positivity rate of 24 per cent. Seven deaths were also reported in the financial capital. After witnessing a drop in the daily Covid-19 cases for the last four days, the financial capital of the country has witnessed a rise in cases by 40.98 per cent, the BMC said in its bulletin.
Along with the increase in the daily cases, the Covid-19 positivity rate also surged to 24.38 per cent from 18.75 per cent on Tuesday.
Mumbai reported 11,647 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, a drop of 2,001 from the previous day, and two fresh deaths linked to the infection, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. This was the fourth day in a row when the city has witnessed a dip in daily Covid-19 infections. According to a BMC bulletin, with new additions, the Covid-19 tally jumped to 9,39,867, while the death toll climbed to 16,413.
“Due to the recent change in the national Covid testing guidelines two days ago, where it has been directed that only symptomatic cases will be tested, it is likely to create a spike in positivity as most of the symptomatic cases would be almost confirmed positive cases,” he said.
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar said the numbers of Covid-19 cases and its fast spreading variant Omircon were slowing coming down in the city, and appealed to citizens to get vaccinated against the viral infection.
Pednekar said out of those who died due to Covid-19 so far since February 2021, 94 per cent people were unvaccinated. Pednekar also said that even if vaccinated people get infected, they develop mild symptoms.
(With Inputs from PTI)