Maharashtra reported the biggest increase in Covid infections in the past four months with 3,081 new cases, with Mumbai alone accounting for 1,956 cases. The number of active cases till Friday evening stood at 9,191. According to the Maharashtra state health department, there were no Covid-related deaths on Friday.
Sudhir Mehta, Manager and Coordinator, Pune Platform for Covid-19 Response, said the number of cases was on the rise and as expected Covid was persisting with slow and sudden spikes. “The incidence is high but the severity is low. We don’t expect any negative impact as we have to live with Covid and Covid appropriate behaviour,” he said.
Meanwhile, there has been no impact on industrial activities or business events in Pune or Mumbai, said Mehta, who is also chairman of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce and Industries and CMD of Pinnacle Industries.
Quantitative sociologist and founder of CPC Analytics, Sahil Deo, who has been tracking Covid-19 data for two years, said that while cases were increasing, the severity was low and there were hardly any hospitalizations, there so there is no concern from now on.
On Monday, the Maharashtra government announced the reopening of schools. However, wearing a mask has not been made compulsory.
Meanwhile, business is business as usual across the state, with malls reporting high footfall. Amanora Mall in Pune has seen footfall and sales surge and break through pre-pandemic level with the last three months showing exceptional growth of 25-30% above pre-pandemic level, Surojit Singh Rajpurohit said, COO of Amanora Mall.
Rajpurohit said they will be monitoring the situation closely and everything will depend on how it develops over the next 10-15 days.
Nexus Westend Mall in Pune and Nexus Seawoods in Mumbai also saw a sustained recovery trend in the first quarter of FY22 across its portfolio and accounted for nearly 130% of its pre-Covid sales until end of May 2022. June Period 1-11 saw 100% attendance and sales were at similar levels of 130%. There has been no drop in sales or attendance this month so far.
As cases have increased, there has been an increase in demand for self-testing kits for Covid-19.
Hasmukh Rawal, Founder and Managing Director of Mylab Discovery Solutions, said he saw an increase in demand for CoviSelf with a 30-40% increase month-on-month in May and June in the first week. “We saw an increase in demand from the north around mid-May and this month the increase in demand was seen in the west and south of the country,” Raval said. Mylab has the capacity to produce 1.5 million test kits per day.
To ensure adequate testing for early identification of cases and to get an accurate picture of the level of spread of the infection, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had written to states and union territories on Thursday. to ensure a high level of testing and monitoring by RT-PCR. total tests performed. He urged states not to let their guard down and build on the progress made so far to bring the pandemic situation under control.