Mumbai: As the city grapples with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Iqbal Singh Chahal on Friday said that Mumbai’s test positivity rate has dropped below 10 percent.
Chahal informed that as of Thursday (April 29), the Covid-19 positivity rate of the metropolis was 9.94 percent. A total of 4,328 persons tested positive for the infection on that day out of the 43,525 samples that were examined.
The test positivity rate (TPR) is defined as the proportion of samples that return positive among the total tested.
“Our positivity rate is in single-digit now with nearly 44,000 tests. Perhaps, Mumbai is the only city in India with a single-digit positivity rate with high testing,” Chahal claimed.
Mumbai had a TPR of 20.85 percent at the beginning of April. The highest positivity rate during the month was 27.94 percent, reported on April 4, when 11,573 people had tested positive out of 51,313 samples.
Chahal also stated that 85 per cent of the new cases in the city are asymptomatic.
Speaking on the availability of beds for COVID-19 patients, the BMC chief shared that at present, the city has a total of 5,725 vacant beds, courtesy, the drop in the number of new cases.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday had said that while the state is still witnessing the highest number of daily cases in the country, the situation might plateau by the end of May.
He, however, warned of a third COVID-19 wave in July or August and said that the state is already preparing to tackle the upsurge.