In some respite, the city reported its lowest single day COVID-19 cases since February. On Monday, the city recorded 529 new cases and 19 deaths, taking the total case count to 7,17,108, and the number of fatalities to 15,202.
The state witnessed the lowest single day COVID-19 cases on Monday, with 8,129 new infections and 200 deaths being reported in the last 24 hours, pushing its tally to 59,17,221. So far, 1,12,696 fatalities have been reported. However, for the fifth consecutive day the state has added an additional 1,396 fatalities after reconciliation.
State health officials said that the parameters, including weekly growth rate and positivity rate, will be considered while announcing relaxation in certain areas. The idea is to go slow with unlocking as many districts still have a high positivity rate.
“As unlocking will be gradual, we want more people to get at least the first COVID-19 vaccine jab. Many options are being looked into. Travel will continue to be regulated and work from home will continue to be encouraged,” said a senior health official.
State COVID-19 task force member and director of critical care, Fortis Hospitals, Dr. Rahul Pandit, said, “The overall situation in the state has improved. However, there are some districts that are still in the red zone. So, the unlocking will have to be done gradually.”
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