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Is the third COVID-19 wave finally starting in Mumbai? Fourth straight day of declining cases points north

On Tuesday, Financial Capital reported a decline of 2,001 COVID-19 cases from the previous day and the test positivity rate has also dropped from 23 to 18.75 per cent within 24 hours.

A health worker collects a swab sample to test for coronavirus from a passenger at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus before being allowed to enter the city in Mumbai. AP

Is Mumbai seeing a decline in the daily number of COVID-19 cases?

After witnessing a record high of 20,971 daily infections on January 7, the city is witnessing a decline in COVID cases, which doctors and medical experts believe could be the flattening of the third wave of the pandemic. .

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On January 11, the country’s financial capital recorded a decline for the fourth consecutive day as it recorded 11,647 new COVID-19 cases, a decrease of 2,001 from the previous day.

The city reported 2,001 fewer cases than on Monday, despite 2,855 more COVID-19 tests being conducted in the last 24 hours.
Of the 11,647 new cases, 83 per cent cases or 9,667 are asymptomatic, and only 851 patients have been admitted to hospitals, while just 76 are on oxygen support, the bulletin said.

A day earlier, Mumbai had registered 13,648 COVID-19 cases on the back of 59,342 tests, and also five fatalities.

The coronavirus positivity rate in the financial capital also declined to 18.75 per cent from 23 per cent a day earlier.
The rate indicates the percentage of people who test positive for the virus out of those tested overall.

Here is a chart that shows the daily cases for the last five days.

Has the third COVID19 wave finally started receding in Mumbai Fourth straight day of decline in cases hints at the answer

experts speak

Municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said the daily COVID-19 cases and positivity rate have come down significantly in the last few days.

“Mumbai’s positivity has come down from 30 per cent to 20 per cent in the last two days. The daily cases have come down from 20,700 to 11,647 in the last four days,” he said.

Dr Shashank Joshi, member of Maharashtra’s Covid Task Force, said that looking at the city’s numbers, Mumbai may be nearing its peak and the COVID-19 wave may flatten out soon.

“Yesterday’s numbers were clearly showing a positivity rate of around 25 per cent. We are expecting a further drop in those numbers,” he was quoted as saying News18,

“In the last three to four days, we have seen a trend which suggests that the number of cases may have gone down for three reasons: one, a lot of people are now at home and they are self-isolating and not testing. Second, many people are self-testing and are not reporting and third, we are not aware of the exact numbers that are being reported. Having said that, the real scale of this tsunami-like third wave will be the people who are getting admitted to hospitals because of COVID-19, not with COVID-19 – there is a difference between the two,” he added in the interview.

When asked whether the peak has passed in Mumbai, he hesitated to give a straight answer. “We don’t know. We may be at the peak now or it may be the pre-storm silence. We won’t know before the next two weeks,” he said.

Talking to Suresh Kakani, Additional Municipal Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Hindustan Times “It looks like matters are stabilizing but we’ll have to wait this week before commenting on whether we’ve hit the peak,” he said.

With input from agencies

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