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BMC chief admits delay by labs to deliver COVID-19 reports

BMC Commissioner IS Chahal on Monday admitted that some Mumbai laboratories had delivered swab reports related to coronavirus cases as late as 18 days. The senior IAS Officer IS Chahal took over as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) last month.

Speaking to an English news channel, Chahal said, when I joined as BMC commissioner, I found that (swab) reports of April 4 were delivered on April 22. Some labs were committing serious crime by submitting reports 18 days later. They deserved to be punished for late reporting.”

The civic chief said that it is not acceptable that the sample reports taken by labs for Coronavirus are delayed.

While responding to question IS Chahal said “I told them clearly that if you could not give me swab reports in 24 hours, you cannot function here in Mumbai. I can not accept your reports after 15-16 days” he added you dont chew more than you digest.

Chahal also said that “I could test around 3,600 (per day) in Mumbai after testing guidelines were issued by the ICMR. Due to the guidelines of carrying out tests of only symptomatic patients, the total figure of testing came down,”

The civic body is going beyond the testing norms issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said BMC Commissioner Chahal.

The Commissioner added “We have 2,500 hospitals in Mumbai. Every hospital has now been authorised to go ahead with testing. We even allowed people to let swabs be collected from their homes, which is outside the guidelines of the ICMR,”

However, Mumbai has reported 49,863 COVID-19 cases, including 1,700 deaths till Monday.

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