Coronavirus Outbreak: BMC prepares 1,500-bed hospital to deal with rising cases in Mumbai

Updated: Apr 04, 2020, 13:12 | Sunny Rodricks
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    Day 10 of the 21-day nationwide lockdown began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation. In his speech, PM Modi requested citizens to switch off the lights in their homes for nine minutes on April 5 at 9 pm and light candles and diyas to show solidarity in the fight againt coronavirus.

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    While expressing gratitude to the countrymen for the unprecedented discipline and sense of service shown by people during the coronavirus lockdown, PM Narendra Modi said that the Janata Curfew, which was held on March 22, was a huge success and had set an example for the world to follow. He claimed that various other countries were following the idea to thank health workers, other people involved in essential services during the coronavirus crisis.

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    On Thursday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the state administration to ensure that no religious festivals, celebrations or congregations are held. In a meeting of all CM's with PM Narendra Modi, Uddhav suggested states to seek help from religious leaders in order to avoid community spread through events such as the one at Nizamuddin Markaz. And the suggestion was widely accepted by PM Narendra Modi.

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    In photo: Mumbai police personnel patrol at Moulana Azad Road in Nagpada, South Mumbai.

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    Amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, a Mumbai resident celebrated Chaitra Navratri by a digital havan. The woman, identified as Jayashree Ballikar called up her priest and convinced him for a 'digital havan' on Maha Ashtami. Post which, on Wednesday, Ballikar performed the havan via video call on WhatsApp with her priest Santosh Joshi. The digital havan lasted for nearly two and a half hours.

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    On Friday, people across the city were seen defyiing the lockdown as many thronged the vegetable markets, grocery stores and medicals to shop for essentials. 

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    While the nationwide lockdown has brought Mumbai's lifeline - the local trains to a standstill, it has also managed to put a halt to the railways urgent pre-monsoon work. With complete lockdown in place, there are fears that the situation may lead to issues of water-logging and disruption of services if not tackled on war-footing now. Railway officials said there was no cause for worry and monsoon work though delayed would not be affected. 

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    In photo: Hundreds of people thronged the Somaiya Ground in Chunabhatti to buy vegetables on Day 10 of the lockdown.

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    In an unprecedented move, the police personnel of Navi Mumbai police started reaching out to all the senior citizens, who are most vulnerable to the infectious disease in their area. The Navi Mumbai police team managed to connect with more than 950 elderly people. Not only did they record the health status of the senior citizens but also offered help with essential supplies to those living alone.

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    In a shocking incident, on Friday, nearly 347 taxis and tempos from Mumbai and 173 vehicles from outside the city had come to Dadar to sell the vegetables. But even after repeated attempts to prevent crowding at Dadar's vegetable market failed, the police on Thursday barricaded the whole area and turned away all the vehicles which were carrying produce and also the vendors who had come to collect their stock.

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    In photo: Amid the lockdown, a white breasted kingfisher was spotted on a tree at Kandivli's Samta Nagar.

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    In order to deal with the rising number of coronavirus cases in the city, the country's richest civic body has started making arrangements for a coronavirus hospital comprising of 1,500 beds at Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri East. The hospital is said to be the single-largest hospital for the novel coronavirus patients with residence facilities for all staff. At present, the BMC has about 2,144 beds for treating patients and only 26 percent of them are full.

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    On Thursday late night, a 35-year-old doctor who is a resident of Dharavi tested positive for coronavirus. After being admitted at Raheja hospital, the doctor informed the BMC that some of his patients may have been infected. In another case, a 52-year-old police constable posted with Mumbai Police's Protection and Security department tested positive for coronavirus. The Mumbai police constable's wife, daughter and son are kept in isolation at Kasturba hospital.

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    In photo: A BMC employee disinfects the place outside G South ward office, near Deepak talkies at NM Joshi Marg, Elphinstone. 

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    In a bid to help India fight the novel coronavirus, the World Bank approved USD 1 billion emergency funding for India to help the country combat the novel coronavirus. The World Bank's funding will help India support better screening, contact tracing, and laboratory diagnostics. It will also help to procure personal protective equipment; and set up new isolation wards.

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    On Friday, the Indian government launched the Aarogya Setu app, which as been designed to alert users if they have come in close proximity with any COVID-19 positive patient. The app tracks through a Bluetooth and location-generated social graph. It calculates the user's risk of infection based on recency and proximity of COVID-19 patient.

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    Inspired by celebrities and other people to help India combat coronavirus, children in Uttar Pradesh took their piggy banks to the nearest police stations in order to make their contribution to the PM CARES fund. While the children came to donate their money, the policemen, in turn, gave red roses to the children as a token of appreciation.

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    In photo: An RPF constable washes his hand while on duty. 

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    After donating Rs 1500 crore to fight the novel coronavirus, the Taj Group of Hotels in Mumbai opened its doors of the Taj Land Ends in Bandra and the Taj President in Coloba to the health workers of BMC. The Taj Hotels are accommodating as many doctors and nurses as per requirements. The Taj group of hotels are also providing meal comprised of salad, dal-rice, sabzi to the health workers and COVID-19 patients admitted in Mumbai's government hospitals.

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    By the end of Day 10 of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, India reported as many as 336 fresh cases coronavirus and 12 deaths across the country with the country's total tally at 2,301. While addressing the media persons, Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that about 66,000 tests have been conducted so far with 8,000 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the highest in a single day.

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    In photo: A volunteer offers a food packet to a needy person amid total lockdown.

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Day 10 of the 21-day nationwide lockdown saw PM Narendra Modi urging the countrymen to light candles and diyas to display solidarity while maintaining social distancing. While India reported a total of 336 fresh cases of coronavirus with 12 deaths across the country, people in Mumbai were seen defying lockdown rules as the BMC prepared a single-largest hospital for coronavirus patients with the capacity of 1,500 beds to deal with the rising number of coronavirus cases.

(All photos/mid-day photographers)