COVID-19: Mumbai enters the phase of community transmission
One of its biggest corona hotspots is Mumbai. The Municipal Corporation of Mumbai has said that the city has entered the stage of community transmission. This means that COVID-19 positive cases that are now surfacing in Mumbai are not from coming due to connect with those who have travelled from overseas into India.
Coronavirus cases in Mumbai
Currently, Mumbai has crossed the 500 mark for patients testing positive with the disease. Mumbai has also reported 34 deaths so far. Moreover out of the 34 patients who died from Coronavirus 11 of them had no pre-existing history of ailments. On Wednesday morning 44 new cases have been found of COVID-19 in areas that are under the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Areas that have been affected the most
In a report given by BMC, the majority of cases of Coronavirus have been recorded from the tightly packed centres within Mumbai. The G south ward of the BMC has reported the highest number of Coronavirus infected cases, that is 78. The maximum number of patients that have been reported from this ward are from the fishermen colony of Worli, Prabhadevi and Lower Parel. Mumbai’s D Ward, which has Byculla in its limits, has the second-highest number of cases.
“Concerns about health workers and doctors”
A BMC senior official said that “We are more worried and concerned about the health workers and doctors. Who has been tested coronavirus positive. In Mumbai, more than 50 people from the medical fraternity are detected as virus-positive.” Just a day ago Wockhardt hospital was shut down as 22 nurses tested positive. He also went on to add that therefore the community spreading has started due to which we see a surge in a number of cases from various parts of the city. Also,” They have neither international travel history nor immediate contact. We are declaring these areas as contaminated cluster and subsequently sealing them.”
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope paid a visit to Dharavi and other slum areas in Mumbai on Tuesday to check and assess the situation. “I have asked to increase the number of ventilators and testing,” he told reporters. It will help detect more cases and subsequently taken quick measures to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus. The situation is under control,” he added.
Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has now made it compulsory to wear masks for stepping out for any essential service.
Overall in India, the total number of cases that have been recorded is 5,194. The death toll has been 149 and there have been 352 recoveries according to the latest data given by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Shreya is an intern with SheThePeople.TV