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First six days of September, Mumbai records over 28% of August Covid-19 cases

The surge in the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the first six days of September has caused concern in Mumbai. According to data from the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the city recorded nearly 28% of the total Covid-19 cases it had registered in the entire month of August from September 1 to 6.

According to the local body's data, Mumbai has already registered 2,570 Covid-19 infections in the first six days of September, accounting for 28.9% of the total 9,147 cases reported in August.
The increase of instances has alarmed BMC officials, who are concerned about the festive season, which begins on September 10 with Ganesh Chaturthi.

"One month is important for us. Currently, people are going out for the ten-day Ganpati festival (beginning September 10). They will return after immersion (Anant Chaturdashi). Hence this period and the next 15 days will be very crucial for us," additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani told news agency ANI.

He also stated that the city council has resolved to increase Covid-19 testing, hire additional clean-up marshals to punish those who spit in public places, and maintain jumbo care centres.

According to city officials, a fortnight after the Ganesh celebration, there may be another increase.

On Monday, Mumbai reported 379 new coronavirus positive cases and five deaths, bringing the total number of infections to 7,46,725 and the number of deaths to 15,998. According to a BMC spokesperson, the city now has 3,771 active cases.
For nearly a week, the city has been reporting over 400 instances, but the BMC has attributed the increase to recent relaxations and stated that it is not the start of the third wave.
As a result of the increase in daily instances, the active Covid-19 cases, which had decreased to 2,700 as of September 6, had risen to 3,771.

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