Mumbai, July 13 (ANI): Amid the upsurge in COVID-19 cases in the state, Mumbai’s doubling rate for COVID-19 positive cases has risen to 50 days as the exit rate s 70% high, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief said on Monday.
As several parts of Maharashtra, particularly cities in the Mumbai metropolitan area including Kalyan-Dombiwali, Thane and New Mumbai, experience an increase in COVID-19 positive cases, a pause is coming for Mumbai.
Speaking to ANI, BMC chief Iqbal Singh Chahal said, âWe are in total control of the situation. Although there is no need for a complete lockdown in the city, we must continue our efforts to curb the spread of the virus. The doubling rate of COVID positive cases has risen to 50 days now, the highest in the country. Subsequently, the discharge rate of infected patients is currently 70%. “
BMC’s recent policy on COVID-19 testing without a doctor’s prescription has worked better. âAfter our policy of open testing, where people were allowed to take COVID-19 tests without a doctor’s prescription, had helped a lot. The implementation of this policy in the city increased the testing capacity from 4,000 to 6 800 a day, âChahal mentioned.
âNow the total number of positive cases in Mumbai has increased from 1,400 to 1,200 and among these the symptomatic patients are very low,â said Chahal, adding, âIn Mumbai, out of 1,400 to 1,200 cases positive, the number of symptomatic patients is less than 200 per day. “
Previously, BMC also upgraded its hospital systems for COVID-19 care in the city. Looking at the current numbers, we only need 200 beds per day and we have 7,000 COVID-19 beds and 250 intensive care beds, which are vacant in COVID-19 facilities and hospitals in the city at 12 July, said the head of BMC.
Citing recent research data provided by the University of Mumbai, the head of BMC said: âMumbai’s R (rate of infected people) fell from 1.1 to 9. This shows that each infected individual was infecting another 9 people in the city. This has come down to 1.1 in Mumbai. If we follow the WHO standard, if R drops below 1.1, it would mean the COVID-19 pandemic is over. We are working hard reach less than 1.1. ” (ANI)