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Mumbai: As many as five wards in Mumbai have seen a rise of more than 50 per cent COVID-19 cases in the second week of February when compared to the first week of the month. The spike in positive cases has alerted the authorities, especially because one of the wards has reported over 90 per cent surge in one week.
As per reports, Ward A, which consists of areas of Colaba, Cuffe Parade and Churchgate, has recorded a spike of 91 per cent in COVID-19 cases. Other wards have reported over 50 per cent increase with Ward R-North (consisting of Dahisar and Borivali) reporting a 62 per cent surge, Ward E (consisting of parts of Byculla and Mumbai Central) at 58 per cent, Ward F-South (consisting of Parel and Sewri) at 52 per cent and Ward M-East, which has areas of Govandi under it, at 51 per cent.
Ward A’s civic officials have stated that even the naval premises and Nariman Point have reported many cases. At first, two people inside a commercial building had tested positive. Following this, as many as 22 people were found to have been infected. Other civic workers have blamed the recent surge of COVID cases on the careless attitude of the people. The majority of the crowd became lenient with using sanitisers and wearing masks, thereby resulting in the spike, according to the officials.
Mumbai continues to be one of the hotspots for COVID-19. Reports suggest that a total of 823 cases were clocked in the last 24 hours in the city. This sudden rise in positive cases in the state of Maharashtra is being reported with the vaccination drive in full flow. As many as 8,25,838 healthcare and frontline workers have been vaccinated in Maharashtra till now with a significant number of people getting the second dose of the vaccine as well. On February 19, 14,880 people were vaccinated.
Friday saw 6,112 fresh positive cases being confirmed in the state, thereby taking the total tally in Maharashtra to 20,87,632. The state has been one of the worst affected from the get-go and has as many as 44,765 active cases currently. However, the rate of recovery is high with the number of recovered reaching 19,89,963.
Taking the surge into account, the state government has imposed a lockdown in Amravati and Yavatmal. Also, the administration is shutting down schools, colleges, and other classes along with enforcing a stop at religious gatherings for the time being. Furthermore, the officials have directed weddings to not allow more than 50 people.