Mumbai records this year’s first Covid casualty

Times of India | 2 weeks ago | 18-01-2023 | 06:01 am

Mumbai records this year’s first Covid casualty

MUMBAI: After nearly a month with no reported deaths, the city has recorded a fatality due to Covid-19. The BMC announced that a 68-year-old man has passed away, marking the first reported Covid death in the city this year. The previously recorded death in Mumbai was on December 22. According to the civic body, the deceased had several comorbidities, including an acute kidney injury and hypertension. The city continued to see fewer new cases, although the state witnessed a slight increase in new detections. Maharashtra reported 33 new Covid infections on Tuesday, up from 10 cases reported on Monday and 11 on Sunday. A dozen of these cases were reported from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and the remaining were from Nashik and Pune circles. Active cases in Maharashtra have dropped to 137, while that in Mumbai to 47. Across Mumbai, only five patients are in hospitals with coronavirus. Dr Rajas Walinjkar said that Covid cases are rare, even in outpatient departments. "Hospitalisation due to Covid is rare now," he said.

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