After months of no Covid-related fatalities, Maharashtra saw its first such case, although the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) clarified that the death occurred in July but was recently added to official records. The deceased, a 75-year-old Mumbai resident suffering from liver carcinoma, was diagnosed with Covid-19, but health authorities emphasized that the virus wasn’t the primary cause of death.
Simultaneously, Mumbai registered 10 fresh Covid cases, pushing the total infection tally to 11,64,108, and the latest fatality elevated the overall death count to 19,776. This marks the second instance in August of the city reporting double-digit Covid cases, the first being on August 6.
Encouragingly, recovery rates remain strong, with an additional four patients overcoming the illness, contributing to a total of 11,44,285 recoveries. Currently, Mumbai has 47 active cases. The civic body’s bulletin indicated 292 tests conducted in the past 24 hours, increasing the cumulative test count to 1,89,17,951.
Emergence of a New Covid Variant?
Although there are signs of increased Covid cases in Maharashtra linked to the new Omicron sub-variant, EG.5.1, identified in some samples, health experts stress that there’s no immediate cause for alarm. No significant surge has been observed since the detection of this sub-variant.
The state health department cautioned against prematurely attributing the rise in cases to the new sub-variant. The situation will be closely monitored in the upcoming week to arrive at a more conclusive assessment, given that all respiratory infections usually experience an upsurge during the period from June to September.Mumbai Registers New Covid Death, Virus Not Primary CauseMumbai Registers New Covid Death, Virus Not Primary Cause