Mumbai in Maharashtra reported zero deaths and 367 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai said. This the first time the financial capital has seen zero coronavirus fatalities since the pandemic.
Maharashtra has seen a sustained number of infections in the past months since the second wave hit India. The state on Saturday had reported 1,553 coronavirus positive cases and 26 fatalities while 1,682 patients recovered, the state health department said.
Mumbai city had reported 319 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths on Saturday, taking the caseload to 7,51,293 and the number of fatalities to 16,180. Meanwhile, Mumbai division had seen 582 cases and five deaths, which raised the count of infections in the region to 16,91,183 and the toll to 35,395, the department said.
However, with major restrictions lifted in Maharashtra, health minister Rajesh Tope had said that the state expects a surge in coronavirus cases after Diwali. The state health minister said that the preparations are on full swing to meet any surge of a third wave.
"We fear a surge or some spike will be seen after Diwali. We have opened up most facilities in the last two months and there is a strong possibility that a surge will follow," Tope said, Times of India reported.
Dr Shashank Joshi, member of Maharashtra Covid task force and renowned Mumbai-based endocrinologist said that there is a possibility of 'bilip' post Diwali, but it is unlikely to be a third wave.