Mumbai: From September 1-6, Mumbai recorded over 28% of the total COVID-19 cases it had recorded in August, according to BMC data. The data shows that while 9,147 cases were reported in August, Mumbai has already reported 2,570 cases in the first six days of September the city recorded over 28 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases it had recorded in the entire month of August
The surge in cases ahead of the festive season starting September 10 with Ganesh Chaturthi has worried the BMC officials.
“One month is important for us. Currently, people are going out for the ten-day-long Ganpati festival (starting from 10 September). They will return after Visarjan (Anant Chaturdashi). So this period and the next 15 days are too much for us. Will be important for us,” Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani told news agency ANI.
He also said that the civic body has decided to appoint more sanitation marshals to intensify COVID-19 testing, cure people spitting in public places and keep jumbo care centers ready.
Municipal officials said there could be a further increase after a fortnight after the Ganesh festival.
Mumbai reported 379 new coronavirus positive cases and five deaths on Monday, taking the number of infected to 7,46,725 and the death toll to 15,998. A BMC official said the city is now left with 3,771 active cases.
The city has been reporting 400 cases for almost a week now, but the BMC blamed the spike for the relaxations in the last month and said it was not the beginning of the third wave.
With the surge in daily cases, the active Covid-19 cases, which had dipped to 2,700, jumped to 3,771 as of September 6.