Omicron Wave Flattening in Mumbai, Says Task Force Member; Less than 12,000 Covid Cases Recorded Today

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, on the other hand, has said that third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has started and will peak by January-end.

Updated: January 12, 2022 12:39 AM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Victor Dasgupta

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Mumbai: Indicating a flattening of the Covid third wave in Mumbai, the daily Covid-19 cases in the city dropped to 11,647 cases on Tuesday registering a 14.66% dip over Monday. Along with this, the test positivity rate (TPR) has also declined from 23% to 18% within 24 hour. Earlier today, Maharashtra Covid Task Force Member Dr Shashank Joshi also said that the Omicron wave in the city is flattening and the positivity rate is expected to be down to 20% from 30% earlier. Dr Joshi urged the citizens to adhere to the guidelines set by the government to contain the spread of the virus.

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To recall, Dr Shashank Joshi had earlier described the Omicron spike as a “tsunami” rather than a wave. Around 11,000 to 12,000 new Covid-19 cases are likely to be reported in Mumbai today, said Dr Joshi. The city witnessed 13,648 new infections on Monday, down from 19,474 and 20,318 on the two previous days.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, on the other hand, has said that third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has started and will peak by January-end. He also said that the 14-day quarantine period has been halved to seven days.

Tope’s remarks come on a day Maharashtra reported 33,470 new COVID-19 cases and eight fatalities. He appealed to the people to strictly follow the COVID-appropriate behaviour. “The third wave of the pandemic has started. It is expected to peak by January-end,” Tope told reporters.

He expressed concerns over many political leaders not adhering to the pandemic protocols despite the rise in cases in Maharashtra. The health minister also appealed to political parties not to organise meetings and programmes.

Quoting an Urdu proverb, ‘Jaan hai to Jahaan hai’, Tope said that everyone needed to be safe and follow the norms. “Due to the spike in cases, the closure of schools is necessary to protect children from coronavirus. People should support the restrictions announced by the government,” he added.

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Published Date: January 11, 2022 7:50 PM IST

Updated Date: January 12, 2022 12:39 AM IST