Also, the state reported 3,160 fresh cases, taking the total cases to 19,50,171. The total fatalities in the state stand at 49,759. Mumbai reported 539 new cases, taking its total caseload to 2,95,525; the city’s fatalities stood at 11,147.
Dr Pradeep Awate, the state’s epidemiologist, said the eight patients found positive with the UK variant were all doing well. “All are asymptomatic, and two of them have been discharged already,” he said, adding that the strain was said to be 70% more transmissible but not so virulent. In Mumbai, all five patients who have been found positive with the strain are currently at Seven Hills Hospital in Marol. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said two of them have tested negative once, but they will continue to remain under observation. “We will wait for two consecutive negative reports before taking a decision on discharging them,” he said. On whether the contacts of these positive patients too would be checked for the presence of the UK variant, Awate said, “We may test the contacts of the index cases if needed.”
For the first time in over nine months, Kalyan-Dombivli, the second worst affected suburb in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, on Tuesday did not report a single coronavirus-related death. has seen 1,110 deaths so far. There were 61 fresh cases and 2 deaths from within NMMC areas. PCMC areas reported 61 cases and 3 deaths. Thane city reported 109 cases and 2 deaths.