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Notices 20 Oct 2022 | 12:56 pm

India reports 1,112 daily Covid infections, active cases in country dip to 20,821

Maharashtra recorded less than 100 (96) Covid-19 deaths in September, its lowest toll due since July. Even the number of positive Covid cases has dropped by 61% in the state as compared to August. The state reported 21,075 cases last month - down from 52,883 in August.Mumbai too has seen a significant decline in cases and deaths. From 20,010 cases in August, the number of detections in September dropped by 73% to 5,425. Deaths in the city dropped to 33, lowest since May. In June, July, August, the city registered 44, 41 and 47 cases respectively.

MUMBAI: Maharashtra recorded less than 100 (96) Covid-19 deaths in September, its lowest toll due since July. Even the number of positive Covid cases has dropped by 61% in the state as compared to August. The state reported 21,075 cases last month – down from 52,883 in August.Mumbai too has seen a significant decline in cases and deaths. From 20,010 cases in August, the number of detections in September dropped by 73% to 5,425. Deaths in the city dropped to 33, lowest since May. In June, July, August, the city registered 44, 41 and 47 cases respectively. The city has not exceeded 100 fatalities a month since January when the Omicron wave begun.Dr Rahul Pandit, an intensivist and member of the state Covid taskforce, said unless there is a completely new variant, chances of seeing a wave are slim. The preventive measures have to be in place, experts said, suggesting that the elderly and those with underlying health conditions wear a mask in indoor spaces.Dr Vasant Nagvekar, another member of the Covid taskforce, said the pandemic is certainly heading towards endemicity, but no predictions can be made. He said Omicron hit in mid-December last year after 2-3 months of a lull. “Currently Covid is not seen a lot in hospitals and OPDs,” he said, adding dengue is keeping hospitals busy.Covid and malaria have taken a back seat. “We have over 30 dengue patients hospitalised. Even OPDs are seeing over 50 patients daily,” said Dr Neeraj Tulara, infectious disease specialist at Hiranandani Hospital.A state official said a surge can be expected if there is a new variant or in winter. “Flu cases usually surge in monsoons and winters. Covid could follow the pattern and circulate like other infections,” said the official.

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