Mumbai reports 739 new Covid cases

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Mumbai reported 739 new COVID-19 cases today, the highest since February 1 when Mumbai reported 803 cases. Mumbai’s COVID-19 positivity rate has risen to 8.40 per cent from 6 per cent yesterday, the metropolitan’s civic agency BMC said in its evening medical bulletin today.

Mumbai’s health authorities have told officials to immediately increase testing “on a war footing”.

“Daily new cases have tremendously increased in Mumbai, with monsoon around the corner, we will now see a rapid rise in symptomatic cases,” the civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, or BMC, said today.

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The BMC wants the vaccination drive for 12-18 years category and booster doses to be pushed aggressively.

Fearing another sharp rise in symptomatic cases, the Mumbai civic body has asked for jumbo field hospitals to be kept adequately staffed and on alert now.

Private hospitals have been asked to be on alert too.