Wave 3: Mumbai’s positivity rate hits huge 7.6%, experts warn of cases higher than wave 2

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Based on the suddenly high positivity rate, public health experts expect a much higher daily number of coronavirus cases than the second wave.

Earlier than expected, apprehensions about the third wave of Covid-19 in the country are coming true. The city of Mumbai, which was one of the worst-hit cities in the first and second waves of Covid-19, recorded a whopping 7.67% positivity rate on Thursday. Based on the suddenly high positivity rate, public health experts expect a much higher daily number of coronavirus cases than the second wave.

Out of more than 46 tests carried out in the country’s financial capital on Thursday, a total of 3,555 samples tested positive for the coronavirus, the Indian Express reported. What makes the rise in the positivity rate even more shocking is the huge jump of around 3% from the positivity rate recorded on Wednesday which remained at 4.84%. As of Wednesday, the total number of coronavirus cases recorded in the city was 2,510 out of a total of 51,843 tests carried out on the same day.

In line with previous trends recorded in the city, the number of cases in Mumbai is strongly contributing to the increase in the state’s overall COvid-19 count. Of the total of 5,368 coronavirus cases recorded in Maharashtra state on Thursday, around 66% were from Mumbai.

Reflecting on the sudden increase in the daily positivity rate in the city, health experts have warned that cases will rise and exceed the level of the first and second wave. Dr Shashank Joshi, who is a member of the Covid-19 task force in the state, told the Indian Express that since the number of cases doubles in less than 24 hours, cases will certainly increase more than the second wave. Dr Joshi further said that hospitalizations and deaths are expected to be lower than before, however. He added that now was not the right time to let our guard down.

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