The third wave of Covid is already over Mumbai, the city’s mayor has said, pointing to a sudden spike in cases. “The third wave of Covid-19 is not coming, it is here,” said Kishori Pednekar, adding that an announcement on the matter had already been made in Nagpur, ANI reported.
Speaking of the upcoming holidays in Maharashtra, the mayor urged people to stay at home. The Mandals have been asked to admit only 10 people and have them work in shifts, she said.
Mumbai has registered 28 percent of cases in August in just the first six days of September.
On Monday, Mumbai reported 379 new coronavirus cases and five fatalities, the Press Trust of India news agency reported, citing an official from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
The new additions brought the total in the city to 7,46,725, the death toll to 15,998 and the number of recoveries to 7,24,494.
The surge comes ahead of the festival season, when there are concerns about a massive spike. The first wave of Covid last year had started during the holiday season.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has called for the cancellation of political rallies and religious events in view of a possible increase.
“Public health is very important. In the future, festivals can be celebrated. The situation may worsen if Covid cases increase. People’s health must be prioritized so that we can avoid the third wave,” said Mr Thackeray. by Press Trust of India news agency.
“You should not create a situation where strict restrictions have to be imposed. We have an idea of how the second wave of Covid started,” he added.