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BMC Bars Mumbai’s Metropolis From Conducting COVID-19 Tests

Since the early days, the state of Maharashtra and India’s commercial capital Mumbai has seen a steady rise in Coronavirus cases and have featured amongst the top Coronavirus hotspots nationally.
In a major jolt to the city’s alarming virus situation, the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) has issued an order prohibiting, Mumbai’s largest private laboratory, METROPOLIS in conducting any COVID-19 tests in the city.
The order followed after alleged complaints arose of delays in producing COVID test reports which further lead to detain and difficulties in contact tracing and treatments of virus affected citizens.

While Metropolis Lab admitting to the delays, in their defense stated that a part of the reason for the slow down in submitting the tests reports were the strength of their work force as quite a number of their staff had also contracted the infection. The laboratory reiterated that the percentage of the delayed reports is very small.

Previously, Amid alleges of violation of turn around time in submitting COVID test reports and negligence Mumbai had also barred private laboratory Thyrocare from conducting tests in the city, though the lab is operational again. The ban on Thyrocare came in wake over alleged false positives.

Even as Mumbai broke records of Wuhan in surging COVID-19 cases, the city turned itself to be the pandemic Hot-Bed clocking down a total of 56,740 cases as 1,383 fresh cases surfaced the city.

While the Unlock 1.0 has paved relaxations it has also made the Mumbai city a breeding bed of the Coronavirus infection.

Seeing the prevailing situations around it is hard to decide that the virus hovering Mumbai is a battle or an apocalypse?

Even though the Authorities have predicted that cases are likely to plunge low by the end of June clearly stating it to be contingent on the safety measures adopted by the Mumbaikars, It is the need of the hour that authorities come up with a Plan B in lines to ramp up testings and tracings with robust laboratories in the city.


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