Rise of Covid cases in Maharashtra 'alarming': Tope

Rise of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra 'alarming', says Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is scheduled to hold a top-level review meeting and a detailed interaction with the Covid-19 Task Force on Wednesday

Rajesh Tope. Credit: Twitter/@rajeshtope11

Describing the sudden zooming of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra as “alarming”, state public health and family welfare minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday hinted at “further strengthening” of the existing restrictions. 

According to him, infections are multiplying and the positivity rate is shooting up.

“Across Maharashtra, 20 December, there were 6,000 active cases, on 29 December, now, it is around 12,000…since active cases are increasing it is matter of concern,” Tope told reporters in Mumbai on Wednesday. 

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“A few days ago, the per day cases was around 500 to 600 but now it is 2,000 plus,” he said. 

There are indications that by mid of next week, the active cases could be at the level of 20,000 which was nearly a couple of months ago.

However, he said that the daily testing numbers have been maintained and it was never brought down. 

Tope said that stricter Covid-appropriate behaviour needs to be maintained and vaccination drives need to be stepped up. 

About schools and colleges, he said the final call would be taken by the chief minister. 

Meanwhile, state tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray, who is the guardian minister of Mumbai Suburban, held a meeting with top officials of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation including municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.

“Last week, we were reporting 150 cases per day in Mumbai. Now, we are reporting around 2,000 cases everyday,” said Thackeray. 

Covid-19 Task Force member Dr Shashank Joshi said: “Now we are near certain we have an Omicron outbreak in Mumbai. During the first wave -  the jump was 706 to 1367 cases in 12 days, during the second wave, the jump was 683 to 1325 cases in  20 days, while during the third wave it was 683 to 1377 cases in  4 days.”

It is a mild disease and beds are vacant, he said, adding that what was needed is Covid-appropriate behaviour. 

Dr Ishwar Gilada, the secretary general of Organised Medicine Academic Guild, said: “This surge is only and only due to the Omicron variant.”

“We also discussed covid appropriate behaviour guidelines and public place event issues, especially with the New Year being around the corner. As the cases rise rapidly, we urge everyone to not panic. However we all must exercise extreme caution and ensure that we are vaccinated, masked up.  This is a time to protect one’s self and thereby protect others,” the junior Thackeray said.

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