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Maximum city, maximum infections: How Mumbai turned into a global Covid-19 hotspot

With 800 new cases and 40 deaths on Wednesday, Mumbai has emerged as a global hotspot for coronavirus. Hospitals are already functioning at full capacity, and the city will have to brace for worse in the immediate future. (Rep Image)With 800 new cases and 40 deaths on Wednesday, Mumbai has emerged as a global hotspot…

With 800 new cases and 40 deaths on Wednesday, Mumbai has emerged as a global hotspot for coronavirus. Hospitals are already functioning at full capacity, and the city will have to brace for worse in the immediate future.

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With 800 new cases and 40 deaths on Wednesday, Mumbai has emerged as a global hotspot for coronavirus. Hospitals are already functioning at full capacity, and the city will have to brace for worse in the immediate future.

Since May 9, Mumbai has recorded more new cases every day than New York, the worst hit city in the world, but where the worst seems to be over.

The number of new hospitalisations is even smaller in New York City since not everyone testing positive is being hospitalised and has been lower than Mumbai since the beginning of May.

Mumbai is already operating at surge capacity, although the city administration says it is ramping up bed capacity every day, indicating the growing strain on Mumbai’s healthcare sector.

New York City has seen the highest death toll for any city in the world, but that too appears to reducing, while in Mumbai, the number of deaths being recorded every day has been steadily increasing.

Of course, New York’s cumulative picture is far worse, indicating that the city hit its peak much earlier. The city has as many cumulative deaths as Mumbai has confirmed cases, indicating just how much bigger in scale the magnitude of New York’s crisis was.

But with 800 new cases recorded on Wednesday, Mumbai is emerging as one of the world’s hotspot cities at the moment. London and New York City have had far higher death tolls and are largely past the worst, while Sao Paulo and Moscow are still in the throes of the crisis.

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