BMC Ramps up COVID-19 Screening as City Records Two Folds Rise

Story Highlights
  • Daily infection rate rises to 6 per cent.
  • BMC decides to ramp up COVID-19 screening.
  • The city recorded a two fold rise in 15 days.

Mumbai: With the rising infection rate in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to ramp up the testing. It has asked officials to immediately increase testing “on war footing”. Testing labs have also been asked to be proactive and fully staffed.

As per the updated tally, the infectivity rate of the financial district has rose to 6 per cent. “Daily new cases have tremendously increased in Mumbai, with monsoon around the corner, we will now see a rapid rise in symptomatic cases,” it warned.

It further asked for the vaccination drive in the 12-18 years category, and booster doses, to be pushed aggressively. Fearing another sharp rise in symptomatic cases, the civic body has asked for jumbo field hospitals to be kept adequately staffed and on alert now.

Private hospitals have also been instructed to be prepared and be fully staffed.

Mumbai recorded a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases with 506 fresh cases, the highest in the entire state, on Tuesday. The city has witnessed a two-fold rise in the daily cases with 4,114 new infections registered in the last 15 days.Mumbai has reported cases in three digits on approximately 27 days this month.

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