Mumbai’s “tremendous” rise in the Covid case, which is driving the Maharashtra surge, warns experts

Mumbai : On Thursday, Maharashtra reported 1,045 new Covid-19 cases, of which Mumbai, the state capital, reported 704 infections. On Wednesday, Maharashtra recorded 1,081 new Covid-19 cases.

Following a sudden surge in the incident, Maharashtra Prime Minister Uddhav Thacke convened a Covid-19 Task Force meeting on Thursday.

According to official data, Maharashtra recorded 169 Covid-19 cases on May 1 and surged to 711 on May 31.

Experts warn that Maharashtra’s “amazing” surge in Covid-19 in May was primarily due to the capital, Mumbai.

The contribution of Mumbai was also in the limelight. On June 1, 10 cases were recorded in the Dharavi area of ​​the city, bringing the number of active cases to 37.

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was praised by the World Health Organization for successfully containing the spread of the virus in areas of more than Rs 60,000 in the early stages of the pandemic.

BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has urged authorities to step up battlefield testing and alert staff at the “Jumbo” Covid Hospital amid a steady increase in infections.

“There will be a significant increase in new cases (reported) every day in Mumbai, and the imminent monsoon will lead to a rapid increase in symptomatic cases,” Chahar told BMC officials. rice field.

As the number of cases of Covid-19 in Maharashtra continues to surge, the state government will be forced to re-enforce face masks, news agencies. PTI Minister Ajit Pawar said he said.

Health professionals must once again enthusiastically adhere to pandemic norms such as wearing masks rolled back to “voluntary mode” and social distance as incidents diminish on April 2, this year. Is emphasized.

“The increase in cases may be due to multiple reasons. Vaccination rates are declining and are inadequate in the under 18 and booster segments. In addition, the virus is mutated and more contagious. , Or form new immune variants. What is obtained by vaccination cannot completely prevent them, “said Dr. Trupti Gilada, an infectious disease expert at the city’s Masina Hospital. increase.

“But in this relatively immune population, the symptoms are still mild. Therefore, despite the increasing number of cases, there is no reason to panic because there is no increase in hospitalizations or deaths.” Gilada pointed out.

She also said that the patterns observed in these cases were not much different from those seen in other respiratory viral illnesses such as influenza, with a slight surge every few months.

“We need to focus on strengthening vaccination for both people under the age of 18 and boosters. The mandatory gap between the second dose and booster doses is not the current 9 months. It should be 6 months. Almost 3 chlores in the state and Maharashtra alone, boosters should be qualified and free for those who are happy, “Girada said.

Dr. Sanjith Saseedharan, consultant and director of critical care at SL Raheja Hospital in Mahim, said the increase in cases could be due to the presence of BA.4 and BA.5 variants and the potential growth benefits they have. Said. May 28, for the first time, BA of the Omicron substrain of coronavirus. 4 patients with 4 variants and BA. Three patients with five variants were all found in Pune.

He also stated that increased mobility of the general population after relaxation or removal of the Covid-19 curb could also lead to an increase in cases.

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