Mumbai reports 700 cases in a day, lowest in over 3 months
Mumbai has reported just 700 cases in a single day for the first time in over three months. The city clocked its lowest coronavirus case numbers on a day when the highest number of tests were conducted.
Of the 8,776 tests conducted on Monday, only 700 were positive and the same has been confirmed by the BMC commissioner. It is a major improvement in comparison to the 1,000-plus cases recorded in the financial capital yesterday.
The recovery rate has also improved significantly in the city that was worst-affected by the virus initially. The city's doubling rate is 68 days now and its recovery rate is 73 percent. Several reports indicated that Mumbai’s contribution to Maharashtra's total COVID tally has reduced drastically — more proof that the deadly virus is now spreading more in rural areas.
In terms of active cases, Mumbai’s position is now better than both Thane and Pune.
While cases in Mumbai seem to be reducing, authorities are asking people to maintain caution as the vaccine will take more time to arrive. It is worth noting that many countries where cases had reduced are now witnessing second waves — another reason why people should maintain all precautions.
Commenting on the positive development, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray said, “The good news: Only 700 cases today in Mumbai & that too with highest testing to date in Mumbai in a single day(8776). This is to chase the virus in full capacity. A major relief after 3 months.”
“Caution: don’t let the guard down! Don’t let your mask down! Only get numbers down!”
Thackeray further added that Mumbai will witness increased testing in days to come.
However, many feel that the testing rate in Mumbai continues to remain low. Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently said in a Tweet in Hindi that the coronavirus threat in Mumbai is increasing as fewer tests are being conducted.
“Mortality has increased. It is difficult to overcome this crisis without increasing the number of tests.” He also wrote a letter on the matter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Even then, the fact that the worst-affected city reported 700 cases seems to be a positive development and could likely be the turning point for Mumbai in the fight against Covid-19.