Mumbai: With 530 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, Mumbai reported over 500 daily cases for the first time since July 15. The city had recorded 532 new coronavirus infections on July 15.
The surge in Mumbai (532) comes after cases dropped to the year’s lowest 196 on August 17 and has triggered fears of the third wave.
However, BMC officials said that more people may have to test themselves for COVID before traveling out of the city for the 10-day Ganpati festival beginning Friday.
The death rate remained low in the state and city. The state recorded 65 deaths, of which four were in Mumbai. The spurt in cases in the city is reflected in the fact that the number of buildings sealed has increased from 25 to 50 in early August.
Adding to the panic, the BMC dashboard showed the first containment zones (in slums as against sealed buildings) since August 14. While the area was shown to be located in R-South ward (Kandivali), ward officer Sandhya Nandedkar denied it and called it a data entry error.
“We found only one case in this slum. For a containment zone, we need five or more cases,” she said. In April, there were 2,800 containment zones in the city.