Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar today warned of a lockdown in Mumbai if daily Covid-19 cases cross the 20,000-mark, asking residents to follow protocol amid a spike in numbers of Omicron version.

Yesterday, Mumbai reported 8,082 coronavirus cases, the highest daily count since April 18, 2021, taking the caseload past the 8 lakh mark, while the city's civic body said Two more patients died because of the ongoing deadly virus.

According to the Maharashtra government's health department, Mumbai recorded 40 new cases of the latest coronavirus variant omicron, taking the number of such infections in the metropolis to 368.

The number of sealed buildings in the Mumbai also increased rapidly as their number increased to 318, although the number of containment zones in slums was less at 11. As the cases continue to rise, a civic official said that the BMC has decided to close all medium schools for classes 1 to 9 and 11 till January 31.

After rise in COVID-19 infections and detection of omicron cases suggesting an increase in "transmissibility", the Mumbai civic body on Monday revised the protocol with strictness regarding sealing of buildings where coronavirus cases were found.

The entire building or wing of a building complex or housing society shall be sealed if COVID-19 cases are found in more than 20% of the occupied flats in that building or wing of the building complex or society.

BMC said that up to 92 per cent of the cases have been reported from the high growth. BMC health official said that this did not happen due to less testing in the slums. "Whenever people show symptoms, they are being tested,"


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