But officials are confident that situation will not spiral into a crisis, as only a small number of active patients have required hospitalisation
Women wearing masks walk past a society in Parel. Pic/Atul Kamble
The latest genome sequencing result has revealed that 50 per cent of the Covid-19 patients across the state were infected with new Coronavirus sub-variant XBB.1.16, believed to be highly contagious. Health officials, however, said this was a small surge and that this strain would not wreak havoc, as only a handful of patients are in need of hospitalisation.