MUMBAI: After five days, the statewide tally of Covid-19 cases crossed 1,000 on Wednesday. In a trend that has stayed consistent for the last couple of months, the tally (1,094) is higher on a Wednesday than on the previous weekdays.
In Mumbai, where cases have been below 300 since November 4, the tally on Wednesday was 339. However, the number of tests was also higher (38,661) than in the last couple of days. “The daily positivity rate is still below 0.9%,’’ said a civic official
At the state level, 11 districts, including Pune, Sindhudurg, Amravati,
Palghar and Parbhani, are a matter of concern as they have a weekly positivity rate higher than the state average of 1.4%.
The number of active cases (12,410) continues to drop across the state, and only five districts — Pune, Mumbai, Thane, Ahmednagar and Raigad — account for 80% of the cases. Twenty-two districts have less than 100 active cases each, with Nandurbar at the lowest end with 1 active case and Ratnagiri the highest with 78
In Mumbai, the number of symptomatic patients is less than 1,000 (959). The BMC dashboard showed that 93% of the city’s 17,493 Covid beds are vacant and only 522 out of 7,921 oxygen-supported beds are in use. A senior official said with many experts stating a spurt in cases is likely in the next 15 days, the BMC doesn’t want to reduce the number of Covid beds now. There are 403 patients in the Covid ICU in the city.
Covid’s average weekly growth rate in the city has dropped to 0.03%, with H West ward (Bandra) having the highest rate (0.06%) while R South (Kandivli) has the lowest at 0.02%. The doubling rate in the city has improved to 2,194 days.