MUMBAI: Maharashtra reported the lowest Covid-19 daily detection in six months, while for the first time since April 18, 2020, the city recorded the lowest single-day tally of Covid cases.
On Monday, the state reported 4,145 cases and 100 deaths and Mumbai reported only 195 cases and three deaths were registered, but health officials admitted that the low numbers could be the result of fewer-than-usual tests conducted on Sunday.
While the city has been managing 35,000 tests a day, only 26,484 tests were done on Sunday due to lower availability of health staff. The total cases in state stood at 63.96 lakh and deaths rose to 1,35,139. While the total cases in Mumbai touched 7.39 lakh, 15,984 deaths have been recorded so far.
“There is no doubt that the second wave has died down, but the trickle of cases continues and that is a cause for worry,” said Dr Rahul Pandit, a member of the state government’s Covid task force. If people don’t follow Covid-appropriate rules, the third wave could begin sooner than expected. “With the beginning of unlocking, we have to be cautious. The trend over the next few three weeks will be crucial,” he said.
Thane saw the daily positivity rate overshoot 2% on Monday, a first since the last one week, government statistics revealed. As per data, the city saw 42 people infected of the 2,062 tested on Monday, taking the daily positivity rate to 2%.