Mumbai: Maharashtra continues to be the worst COVID-affected state in the country. The state capital, Mumbai has reported 1,625 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total tally to 2.17 lakh. The city has also seen 1,966 fresh recoveries, bringing the total recoveries to 1.81 lakh. The number of active patients in Mumbai is now 23,976.
The state reported 12,258 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, bringing the total infection tally to 14, 65,911. Maharashtra also saw 17,141 recoveries and 370 deaths in the 24-hour period, taking the death toll to 38,717, the highest among all states in India.
Meanwhile, a survey said that deadly viras were exposed more with people in the age group of 41 to 60 in the state capital Mumbai. The survey was carried out in the second half of August in Borivali, Mankhurd, Govandi, Worli and Lower Parel areas in Mumbai. It was jointly conducted by the BMC, Niti Aayog and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).
The findings of the new sero-survey will allow city authorities and health officials to fine-tune their strategies in dealing with the contagion. The findings said that among the 1,060 people surveyed in slums between the ages of 41 to 60 years, 50.3 per cent were found to be positive for COVID-19 antibodies, indicating prior exposure to the virus. In non-slums, the figure for the same age group was 18.6 per cent, markedly lower than slums but still the highest amongst all age groups. This indicates that people in the 41-60 age group may be more susceptible to catching the virus as their jobs make them step out of home more often.