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Maharashtra Witnesses Surge in COVID-19 Cases, Mumbai Most Affected

Concerns Rise as 11 New COVID Cases Emerge in Maharashtra, Majority in Mumbai

December 20, 2023: In a recent update on Tuesday, December 19, Maharashtra faced an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, reporting a total of 11 new cases. The capital city, Mumbai, bore the brunt of this surge, with 27 out of the 35 reported cases concentrated in the financial hub. The state health department’s bulletin outlined that among the affected regions, Mumbai recorded 27 active cases, Pune reported 2, and Kolhapur had one case.

Out of the total cases, 23 patients are in home isolation, while one individual has been admitted to the ICU for further medical care. The health bulletin also revealed that no patients were discharged from the hospital on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the cumulative number of recovered cases in Maharashtra stands at an impressive 80,23,407, with no reported deaths on the same day.

The rise in cases has prompted health authorities to closely monitor the situation, emphasizing the need for continued efforts to combat the virus effectively. The state’s health infrastructure remains on high alert, reinforcing the importance of preventive measures and public cooperation.

On a national level, the discovery of the JN.1 sub-variant of COVID-19 in Kerala on December 8 has heightened concerns. The Union Health Secretary, Sudhansh Pant, addressed states and Union Territories, emphasizing the significance of sustained vigilance. In a letter, Pant acknowledged the collaborative efforts between the central and state governments in reducing COVID-19 cases but stressed the importance of maintaining momentum.

Despite overall progress, some states, including Kerala, have witnessed a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases. The first instance of the JN.1 sub-variant was reported in Kerala, while a traveler from Tamil Nadu’s Tiruchirappalli district tested positive for the variant in Singapore. The central government’s advisory highlights the ongoing public health challenges and the collective responsibility to address them effectively.

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