The Coronavirus crisis surpasses the 2000 mark climbing the death toll to 56 in the country. Startled by the number of positive cases of COVID-19 across the Mumbai city crossing 170, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has indicated 212 containment zones in the city. BMC in association with the Mumbai police, has strictly curtailed the movement of people and sealed off these areas as they inhabit citizens who have been quarantined due to their possible contact or close proximity with coronavirus patients.
As per reports twenty one containment zones were added to the list which included areas such as slums, isolated buildings, nursing homes and housing colonies.
Effective measures are being undertaken in full swing which includes installation of CCTV cameras to monitor and use of video analytic systems to watch over any movement of the residents.
Laying in the heart of Mumbai, Dharavi known to be Asia’s largest slum has reported it’s second positive coronavirus case leaving Mumbaikars grappling in fear.
A senior BMC official stated saying, “Some areas like Dharavi, Worli Koliwada, Prabhadevi and Bimbisar Nagar in Goregaon have been sealed off completely with the help of the police.”
He further added that no one is allowed to go in and out of these areas as disinfectants are being sprayed to sanitise these areas.
The BMC is taking all possible efforts to avoid inconvenience to residents living in these containment zones by supplying essential commodities in the localities concerned.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced that the Centre has allowed Maharashtra to conduct rapid, mass-scale COVID-19 testing by using blood samples to expedite the detection of coronavirus cases.
He further informed that State government will use blood samples instead of swabs in rapid tests through which it can be ascertained “in five minutes.
– Caroliyn Ravi for NMTV News.