In the past couple of days, data has shown that Mumbai has witnessed a steady rise in coronavirus cases.
Medical experts have warned that the surge in Covid-19 numbers post Diwali could be owing to reverse migration. (Representative photo: PTI)
While the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) says that the coronavirus situation in Mumbai is completely under control, data from the last couple days has shown a steady rise in the number of positive cases. Here’s a look at the number of cases in the last couple of days:
- November 18: 871 positive cases
- November 19: 924 positive cases
- November 20: 1031 positive cases
- November 21: 1092 positive cases
Medical experts have warned that the surge in coronavirus numbers post-Diwali could be due to reverse migration and other factors. Experts say people need to be more careful and that the time period from Diwali to New Year will be critical for Mumbai.
BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal told India Today TV that the BMC will be reviewing the Covid-19 situation every three to four weeks. “The fight is definitely not over. We agree that the danger is far from over but we always prepare for the worst and think for the best,” he said. The BMC chief added that the successful campaign ‘My family My Responsibility’ had been increased by another month to create awareness among the people.
Doctor Lancelot Pinto, Consultant Pulmonologist, P.D Hinduja Hospital & MRC said that Mumbai needs to be careful in the days ahead. He said, “Though we hope that the high seroprevalence combined with the fact that reinfections seem to be a rare phenomenon could help us gradually inch toward some form of herd immunity, it is unlikely. What is more likely, is that similar to what seems to be occurring in Europe, we might be facing a future wave of infections, possibly associated with festivals and the consequent intermingling of individuals. We need to be careful around New Year’s, and the next couple of weeks would reveal whether the gatherings around Diwali has resulted in the spread of infection and rise in cases.”
While Mumbai doesn’t experience cold weather conditions like the national capital yet, experts say that citizens shouldn’t be under the impression that the hot and humid conditions of Mumbai are any protection from the virus. Mumbai will have to take as many precautions as any other city. For the people of Delhi, Doctor Lancelot Pinto said, “While viruses do survive longer in colder weather, what enhances transmission in colder weather is the same 3 Cs: crowding of individuals indoors, closed spaces and close contact (people tend to avoid the outdoors in colder weathers). The precautions that one needs to take are no different than what one have been taken thus far: masking, hand sanitizing and avoiding closed prolonged contact.”
Total positive patients in Mumbai since 25 January 2020 have been 2,74,572 (progressive). The total positive patients recovered and discharged have been 2,51,509. And the total Covid deaths stand at 10,654