In a massive spike in single-day Covid-19 infections, Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 13,659 fresh infections while Mumbai daily infection rose to 1,539. Though the surge has been going on since the middle of February, Wednesday’s numbers are a massive jump from the past few days. In fact, both Maharashtra and Mumbai witnessed the highest jump in the last five months on Wednesday,
On March 8, Mumbai recorded 1,361 fresh cases, which was the highest after October 28 when Mumbai recorded 1,354 fresh infections. On Tuesday, the city reported 1,012 new cases, on Monday, the figure was 1,014.
The last time, Maharashtra’s daily tally went beyond 11,000 was on October 16 when the state recorded 11,447 fresh infections.
The single-day spike comes at a time when authorities are divided over imposing restrictions in Mumbai. While several districts of Maharashtra including Pune, Thane, Amravati, have brought back lockdown and restrictions, the situation for India’s finance capital is different. Imposing partial lockdown will affect the economy, but Mumbai’s guardian minister Aslam Shaikh has said that district authorities have been asked to take whatever steps required to contain the spread of the Covid-19 infections. The steps can be night curfew, partial lockdown, janata curfew etc.
Mumbai’s civic body the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has ruled out an immediate lockdown and is focussing on surveillance instead. It is keeping a check on nightclubs, bars, wedding halls etc. But on Wednesday, the Covid-19 situation of the city took a worrying turn with more than 1,500 cases being recorded in 24 hours.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said that the situation will be reviewed in a few days and a decision on lockdown will be taken. “Lockdown can not be the option easily adopted,” the CM said urging people to abide by Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.
Till February 16, the daily infection in Mumbai remained within 600. From February 17, there was a steady surge and the trend is still continuing with the tally now crossing the 1,500-mark.