MUMBAI: As the count of Covid-19 positive cases in Maharashtra touched 97 on Monday, the city recorded its sharpest single-day jump with 13 new cases. Incidentally, 10 of the 13 new infections are close contacts of the patients, raising questions on whether quarantining measures are adequate. Overall, Mumbai now has 37 positive cases, while MMR has 53 cases.
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The state reported a total 23 cases new cases in just one day on Monday. Besides the 13 from Mumbai, four were from Islampur in Sangli and one each from Pune, Kalyan, Dombivili, Thane, Vasai and Satara. Cases were reported from newer areas such as Vasai in MMR and Satara and Sangli from across the state. Among the positive cases in Mumbai are two teenagers who are the close contacts of an infected individual. Five of the infected are from the island city, while the remaining eight are from the suburbs. People with a travel history who tested positive include a 37-year-old Vasai resident who returned from Sydney, a 21-year-old who returned from UK, a 43-year-old with travel history to Sri Lanka and Malaysia, and a 28-year-old from Thane with travel history to Nigeria and Abu Dhabi.
Health minister Rajesh Tope said there was no case of community transmission in the state as of now. “All those who have tested positive are either high-risk contacts of previous positive patients or have a foreign travel history,” he said. Mumbai guardian minister Aslam Shaikh said a decision to add isolation facilities at ST George, JJ and GT hospitals was taken on Monday, and these would be readied in the next six days.
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