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Watch video: Third Wave in Mumbai? city records a 40% surge in Covid cases on September 15

03:08 PM Sep 16, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

The city witnessed a 40 per cent surge in the daily Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with 514 new infections and four deaths being reported. With this, the total case count stands at 7,36,284, with 16,037 fatalities till now.

However, the recovery rate continues to remain constant at 97 per cent since the last two months, with 7,13,174 patients being recovered and discharged.

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Earlier this month, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had decided to conduct RT-PCR of the occupants living in sealed buildings across the city. Civic officials said they will conduct RT-PCR tests on positive cases, their contacts and those with comorbidities. The move was aimed at breaking the chain of virus spreading in housing societies before the third wave starts in the city.

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Will more curbs be imposed?

Despite a spike in cases, officials have denied implantation of fresh curbs but have said that they are closely monitoring the situation and have directed local authorities to stop people from overcrowding, particularly during the ongoing Ganesh festival.

Senior officials from the state health department believe the surge in cases could be a result of unlocking. “Cases in the MMR have risen. It is too early to call it a trend,” said state surveillance officer Dr Pradeep Awate.

“It takes about two incubation cycles or 28 days to see an impact of any restriction being eased or imposed. By mid-September we will know if unlocking of trains has had any significant impact,” he added.

(With inputs from Swapnil Mishra of FPJ)

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