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28 fresh Covid cases but no new case of JN.1 variant

Health authorities conducted 1,162 tests in the last 24 hours in the state, resulting in a Test Positivity Rate (TPR) of 2.4 per cent.

covidOn Monday, out of 13 patients diagnosed with SARS-Cov-2 in Mumbai, only three required hospitalisation. (File Photo)

Maharashtra recorded 28 new Covid-19 cases on Monday but no new cases of the JN.1 variant. Experts, however, called for caution, advising people aged 60 and above, especially those with severe comorbidities, to wear masks when venturing into crowded areas.

Health authorities conducted 1,162 tests in the last 24 hours in the state, resulting in a Test Positivity Rate (TPR) of 2.4 per cent. This marks a slight decrease from the positivity rate of 1.3 per cent recorded on Sunday when 3,639 tests were conducted, of which 50 tested positive. According to officials, less tests were done on Monday because of the ongoing festival season.

On Monday, out of 13 patients diagnosed with SARS-Cov-2 in Mumbai, only three required hospitalisation. Currently, the city has 4,215 beds available for treating Covid-19 patients, of which only 8 are occupied.

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“All the recently diagnosed patients are asymptomatic. There hasn’t been any sudden spike in cases. We are closely monitoring bed occupancy and the availability of medicines,” said Dr Sudhakar Shinde, Additional Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Experts outline that as Covid-19 transforms into a winter bug, it will persist as a risk for those with health conditions and severe comorbidities. Precautions, including vaccinations and limiting contact, remain crucial.

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“Understanding that the annual recurrence of Covid-19 may result in a portion of the population contracting the virus, leading to lingering health effects, it is imperative for individuals with respiratory ailments and citizens aged 60 years and above to adopt the habit of wearing masks when venturing outside,” he said

First published on: 25-12-2023 at 23:00 IST
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