Mumbai, Oct. 23 -- The active Covid-19 cases in Mumbai have increased by 78% between August 21 and October 21 after shooting up to over 5,000 active cases this month, from the average of 2,800 cases in August. On August 21, Mumbai had 2,988 active Covid-19 cases, which shot up to 4,583 on the same date in September and then to 5,328 on October 21. This comes at a time when the daily Covid-19 cases flat-lined to around 450-500 cases per day in October, with an exception of October 6, when Mumbai had reported 624 Covid-19 cases - the highest infections reported in a single day in over two months.

On Friday, Mumbai reported 420 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths, taking the tally to 753,653 and the toll to 16,202. Of total deaths, 13,845 ar...