Amidst the Second COVID-19 Wave, Mumbai Halves New Cases in Past 20 Days
Moneylife Digital Team 26 April 2021
While the number of new COVID-19 patients is increasing across the country, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) or Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) reported less than 50% of new cases that it recorded at the beginning of April. As per data released by BMC, on 25 April 2021, the city recorded 5,542 new COVID-19 cases, down by nearly 50% in the past 21 days.
When the second wave hit, Mumbai witnessed new cases crossing 10,000 figures. On 4th April, it reported 11,163 COVID-19 cases. On 7th April, it dropped marginally to 10,428 cases. The number of new cases is falling continuously since then and, as on 25 April 2021, Mumbai recorded 5,542 new COVID-19 cases.
The MCGM team, led by commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, has been making sure that more tests are conducted and the city gets oxygen and other medicines required to fight the battel against COVID-19.
During 3 February 2020 to 24 April 2021, Mumbai carried out 5.24 million tests and recorded a total of 622,000 positive COVID-19 cases. There are 78,775 active cases, while so far 529,000 patients have recovered. As many as 76% of the active cases are stable or asymptomatic while 17,396 or 22% cases are stable and symptomatic. Out of the total 78,755 active cases, only 2% or 1,427 cases are critical, the data shows. As on 24 April 2021, the city has recorded a total death count of 12,719.
While the number of positive cases is falling over the past 20 days, the MCGM is making sure that there are enough beds for patients in designated hospitals. As on 25 April 2021, there were 7,709 beds available across Mumbai. This includes 42 ICU (intensive care unit) beds and 16 ventilator beds. 
As on 25th April (morning), there were 2,836 ICU beds, spread across public and private hospitals, of which 2,794 were occupied and 42 available. Overall, BMC has a bed capacity of 29,920, including dedicated COVID-19 health centres (DCHC) and dedicated COVID-19 hospitals (DCH) and COVID Care Centre-2 (government centres with doctors and nurses present all the time). Of these, about 22,211 beds were occupied and 7,709 were vacant, information available on the municipal corporation’s dashboard shows.
1 year ago
If someone needs recognition, praise and award for effectively handling second wave in Mumbai, it is Municipal Commissioner I.S. Chahal. His idea of setting up Covid War Room in each ward was one of the many sensible steps that helped contain the virus.
Meenal Mamdani
1 year ago
Good to read that someone is making the right decisions.
We must also commend Mumbai's citizens for adhering to the rules, however onerous they might be.
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