According to Maharashtra disease surveillance officer Dr. Pradip Awate, there is some evidence pointing towards community transmission of the deadly COVID-19 in some parts of Mumbai and Maharashtra. Although, the official added that the overall picture in the state is that of cluster cases
“We are getting clusters of coronavirus cases in Mumbai and in the entire state of Maharashtra. There is some evidence of community spread not only in Mumbai but in other parts of the state but the overall picture is that we are getting clusters of cases,” Awate said.
Commenting on the rising number of cases in the state, Awate said Mumbai’s case is very different as compared to other regions in the country as it is densely populated and has a distinct socio-economic significance.
“Not only is it the capital of the Maharashtra but its socio-economic location is also quite different from many other metros in India. It has more population density. 20,000 people are living here per square kilometre, so that is one of the reasons why Mumbai is throwing so many Covid-19 cases,” he said.
“We need to find out the linkage of each and every case, it’s travel history, likely exposure, and all those things,” he said.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state in the country with the highest number of cases (22,000 COVID-19 cases). The state has recorded 832 deaths so far while 4199 patients have recovered from the disease. Out of the total state tally, 12,000 are in Mumbai alone.
On Monday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed the 67,000-mark. According to the data released by the Ministry of Health, the coronavirus national tally stands at 67,152.