COVID-19: BMC conducts house-to-house survey to screen people; modular hospital work begins at BKC

Updated: May 21, 2020, 09:10 | Sunny Rodricks
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    On Wednesday, India reported 5,611 fresh cases of coronavirus and 140 fatalities in the last 24 hours, thereby taking the country's COVID-19 tally to 1,06,750 with 3,303 deaths. While addressing a press conference, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry said that only 6.39 percent COVID-19 cases need hospitalisation, which includes oxygen, ventilator or ICU support.

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    Talking about recovery rate, Lav Agarwal said that during the first lockdown, India's recovery rate was around 7.1 per cent. However, this recovery rate during the second lockdown was 11.42 per cent, which further rose to 26.59 percent. Today the recovery rate is 39.62 per cent, Agarwal said. He also said that 42,298 people have recovered from COVID-19 while the number of active cases is 61,149 in the country.

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    On Wednesday, the BMC said that the city reported 1,372 new cases of COVID-19, thereby taking the total count to 24,118 including 841 deaths in Mumbai. On the other hand, while Mumbai is inching closer to the 25,000-mark, Maharashtra's infection count has also reached nearly 40,000 figure. On Wednesday, the state recorded 65 COVID-19 deaths, of which 41 were in Mumbai, 13 from Pune, three from Navi Mumbai, two each from Pimpri Chinchwad, Solapur, Ulhasnagar and Aurangabad.

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    India has conducted over 25 lakh COVID-19 tests till 12.30 pm on Wednesday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. R Gangakhedkar, head scientist, ICMR said that out of 1,07,609 tests, 89,466 tests were conducted at the ICMR labs while 18,143 tests were conducted at private labs.

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    In photo: Maharashtra Tourism minister takes a stock of the modular COVID-19 hospital at NESCO centre in Goregaon.

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    In the wake of the riding number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, the troops of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday morning. The troops will be deployed in several areas of the city to assist Mumbai Police in the on-going battle against coronavirus. The personnel will be deployed in congested areas such as Bhendi Bazar, Pydhonie, Masjid Bandar, Azad Maidan, Jogeshwari and Dharavi among others.

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    Congress leader Milind Deora on Wednesday said Mumbai needs to self-isolate from the rest of the country for some time in order to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Encouraging work from home culture during the COVID-19 crisis, Deora also said that people working in the Information Technology and financial services should work from home while the hospitality sector should find new business models like home deliveries. 

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    In a heartwarming move, Kandivli's Ajmera Cityscapes developer handed over a 23-storeyed building to the country's civic body to tackel the spread of COVID-19. The 303 flats in the complex will be converted into isolation wards. The work on cleaning the premises and installing the beds has begun. The building will have a 1,000-bed isolation ward ready for use soon.

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    In photo: CISF troops arrive in Mumbai to assist the local police in it's battle against COVID-19.

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    Maharashtra higher and technical education minister Uday Samant urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) to cancel the final year exams of undergraduate (UG) and post-graduate (PG) courses this year, taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic. Samant requested the UGC to promote the students because conducting exams amid the COVID-19 crisis seems difficult.

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    The MMRDA on Wednesday began the base work and ground leveling of Phase II of the modular hospital at BKC which will comprise of an additional 1,000-bed facility. The Phase II of the hospital will have 100 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility beds while the other 900 beds will be divided into oxygen and non-oxygen facity equally. The Phase II facility will be treat critical symptomatic patients while the Phase I facility would be used to treat semi critical patients.

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    The Nashik police extended a thank you note to Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for donating 500 smartwatches, which will help to detect body temperature and symptoms of the deadlyCOVID-19 virus among the city's police force. Earlier, Akshay Kumar donated 1,000 smartwatches to the Mumbai Police and also contributed Rs 3 crore to help BMC make rapid testing kits, personal protection equipment and face masks to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

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    In photo: A Mumbai Police personnel stops a biker during police blockade amid total lockdown in the city.

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    The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Maharashtra Police is now 1,388 including 948 active cases, 428 recovered and 12 deaths, the Maharashtra Police said. Out of the 1388 cases of coronavirus among Maharashtra Police personnel, 948 are still active. According to the Health Ministry, there are a total of 37,136 number of coronavirus cases in the state with at least 1,325 fatalities.

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    With 534 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the total number of COVID-19 patients in the national capital reached 11,088, said Delhi's Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi is 5,720 with 176 deaths. According to the government's analysis, COVID-19 has impacted 70 per cent of individuals, who are less than 50 years old. However, the fatality rate is maximum among those who are 60 years and above, which is 5.86 percent, as per the government's analysis.

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    Meanwhile, the BMC has been conducting house-to-house survey to screen people, with 1,000 teams covering around 6-7 lakh people daily. According to the officials, over 58 lakh houses have been covered so far and 7,447 suspected patients have been referred for testing. 

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    In photo: Migrants workers gather at customs ground in Antop hill to head back to their villages.

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    On Day 3 of the extended lockdown till May 31, the Union Cabinet approved an allocation of foodgrains from the central pool to approximately 8 crore migrants/ stranded migrants at 5 kg per person per month for May and June free of cost. An official release said the decision would entail an estimated food subsidy of about Rs 2,982.27 crore.

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    In Mumbai, while the number of COVID-19 positive cases increased by 4,500 in four days, the number of Containment Zones (CZ) in congested areas reduced by 43, as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has combined the zones and sealed entire slum pockets.

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    In Mumbai, L ward comprising Kurla and some parts of Chembur still has the highest number of congested contaminated zones with 168 CZs. It is approximately one-third of the total number of CZs in the city

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    In photo: People feed pigeons at Girgain Chowpatty amid total lockdown in the city.

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As Mumbai inches closer to the 25,000-mark, the BMC has been conducting house-to-house survey to screen people, with 1,000 teams covering around 6-7 lakh people daily. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) arrived in the city to assist the Mumbai Police in fight against COVID-19 crisis.

(All photos/mid-day photographers)