BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Mumbai may soon see 40,000 Covid-19 cases a day, but the city administration is well prepared and there will unlikely be a lockdown in the financial capital, municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said.

People recover faster from infection by the Omicron if they are double vaccinated and that is helping Mumbai, Chahal said, but also warned that states with just 50-60% vaccination coverage could see more people being hospitalised and strain on their health infrastructure.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) we had 15,166 cases and out of which only 80 people went into oxygen. Today we are expecting around 20,000 cases and only 186 have been hospitalised. We have ample beds both in private and government hospitals along with oxygen,” Chahal told ET. “We are completely fine; there is no need to panic or create rumours, the city has ample hospital beds.”

He added: “Even if we get 40,000 cases or more per day which may happen in the next few days, we can manage the situation, there won’t be an oxygen shortage or even a lockdown. This is simply because only a small percentage of people need hospital beds or oxygen.”

Chahal said the reason the city was doing well compared with

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