Covid-19: Mumbai records another spike with 1,145 new cases in 24 hours
Mumbai on Thursday recorded yet another spike of 1,145 new Covid-19 cases int he last 24 hours, which pushed the city's tally to 3,22,844, according to Maharashtra health department's update.
The city also recorded five deaths, which took its death toll to 11,463.
Maharashtra is the worst-affected state by the spread of the disease, and after a brief fall, the cases have started rising there again. On Thursday, the state recorded 8,702 new cases of the infection, according to state health department update.
The total caseload in Maharashta has now reached 21,29,821.
The state saw 3,744 people recover from the disease, after which the number of recoveries in Maharashtra reached 20,12,367. The health department data also showed that 84,814 Covid-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.
On Wednesday, Mumbai had recorded 1,167 new cases of Covid-19, crossing the 1,000-case mark for the first time since November 28 last year when the city had reported 1,063 cases in a single day.
Barring the occasional dip, there has been a noticeable rise in the number of reported cases with over 700 cases being reported on most days of the past week for the first time since December 2020. On Sunday, there were 921 new cases of Covid-19, followed by 761 new cases on Monday. Last Saturday, Mumbai saw 897 new Covid-19 cases, and on Friday 823 new cases were reported.
Borivali has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases - 545 - in Mumbai and has recorded the highest number of deaths (646) till date, according to BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) records. The KW ward, consisting of Andheri West, Jogeshwari West, and Vile Parle West has the second-highest number of active coronavirus cases - 510.
Though the official reason for the sudden rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra has not been ascertained yet, experts say the ever-changing nature of the virus is one of factors. A senior state health official told news agency PTI the nature of the virus, the person who has the virus and is transmitting it to others and the overall environment of an area including weather, pollution, housing structure, are the three factors that play behind the ups and downs of a virus.
The same can be applicable to the sudden spike in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region, the official said.