Mumbai news live: Covid-19 vaccination of children aged 15-18 begins in city

Mumbai on Sunday recorded 8,063 new Covid-19 cases along with 578 recoveries, the public health department said. The city on Saturday reported 6,347 infections with active Covid cases at 29,819.

Maharashtra on Sunday reported 11,877 fresh Covid-19 cases and 9 deaths. The state also detected 50 new Omicron cases taking the total tally of the new variant to 510.  Currently, there are 42,024  active cases of Covid-19 in Maharashtra. In the last 24 hours, the Mumbai civic body conducted 47,410 tests, according to the health bulletin.

The sharp increase in daily cases of Covid-19 and emergence of the new variant Omicron has led to rise in containment zones and sealed buildings in Mumbai. The spread of infection is higher in areas such as Bandra, Colaba, Fort, Malabar Hill, Andheri and GG Worli as the average growth rate in the last seven days has gone up.

In other news, to effectively implement the Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2021 introduced in July 2021, the state government has decided to purchase or rent only electric vehicles used by the government departments, urban local bodies and municipal corporations from January 1, 2022.