Mumbai’s active cases go down by 45% in 20 days
In a significant development in the fight against the second wave of the Covid pandemic, the number of active cases in the city has almost halved in the last 20 days. From 52,000 active cases in the city as of May 8, the number of active cases has come down to 28,000, as of Friday.
On Saturday, the city recorded 1,038 cases and 25 deaths. The case tally now stands at 703,560, while the death toll is 14,775. The city’s recovery rate is 93% with 658,056 recoveries. There are 28,606 active cases in the city and the fatality rate is 2.09%.
Along with the city’s active cases, the daily positivity rate has also come down to around 3% from being around 27% in the first week of April, known to be the peak of the second wave.
According to the state health department data, from being over 90,000 active cases in the first 15 days of April, the number came down to 82,616 on April 22. Further, the number went down from 63,325 active cases on May 1 to around 52,000 active cases on May 8.
As of May 28, there are around 28,000 active cases in the city. This means, in the last 20 days the number of active cases has come down by 45%.
Another sign of the number of cases going down drastically is the significant drop in the number of containment zones, sealed buildings and sealed floors. As of May 27, there are 41 containment zones in the city, 175 active sealed buildings and 4,226 sealed floors, down from 111 containment zones, 979 sealed buildings and 9,899 sealed floors, as of April 30.
According to BMC officials, though the number of cases is declining, the civic body is preparing for the third wave, which is anticipated in the coming months. The civic body said it had to handle around 1,500 symptomatic cases, per day, during the second wave; it is now preparing to handle around 2,500 symptomatic cases.
Two days ago, municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal also said that experts are of the opinion that the third wave might hit the city between July to August.
Meanwhile, Dharavi, the city’s former hot spot, recorded four cases on Saturday, taking the tally to 6,810 followed by 6,422 discharges.
Dr Siddarth Paliwal, a city-based physician said, “The number of cases is bound to drop after a spike. We are seeing a similar trend in the city. But we have to be very mindful during the unlocking, considering we do not know how the virus will behave post the downfall.”