Reports say Mumbai has reached Stage 3: Community Transmission
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has in its latest report said that the community transmission of coronavirus or stage 3 has apparently begun in Mumbai and a few localities as new cases that have tested positive are said to be neither immediate contacts of patients with any travel history. In its report, the BMC has stated that out of the number of people who have died due to COVID-19, 11 are said to have had no pre-history of any ailments. As on Wednesday, Mumbai and its adjoining suburbs, with a population of more than 2 crore people, have reported as many as 782 positive cases and 50 deaths while the entire state of Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the nation with over 1,000 cases.
As per the report, the slum areas and Mumbai's highly dense localities have recorded the most number of coronavirus cases with the G South ward of the BMC reporting 78 cases - the largest in the city to date. A majority of the patients who have tested positive for the disease are reported to be from the fishermen colony of Worli, Prabhadevi and Lower Parel. Likewise, the D ward with Byculla in its limits has registered the second-highest number of cases in the city while localities such as Dharavi, Kurla, Nehru Nagar, Bandra and Andheri have seen a rapid increase in the number of people testing positive.
The BMC has added that their primary concern and worry at present is the health of the workers and doctors who have tested positive for the coronavirus as over 50 people from the field of medicine in the city have been infected with the disease. An increase in the number of cases in the city is quite visible and community transmission has as a result begun as the people do not have any international travel history nor have had any immediate contact with the patients. Sealing of those said areas declared to be a contaminated cluster has as well begun.
However, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asserted that the crisis was addressed in quick time by the local administration while adding that it was the reason why Mumbai has recorded less number of COVID-19 cases in comparison to other major metropolitan cities around the world. Likewise, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope after visiting Dharavi and other slum areas issued a statement saying, "I have asked to increase the number of ventilators and testing. It will help detect more cases and subsequently taken quick measures to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus. The situation is under control,".
With the nationwide lockdown currently in effect from March 25 set to come to an end on April 14, it is said that Mumbai is set to extend it till April 30 with the Mumbai municipal authorities making wearing protective masks mandatory as the city has recorded the most number of cases in the COVID-19 outbreak. Furthermore, people failing to comply with the rules and measures will be facing strict action leading to their possible arrest as the last 24 hours have seen nearly 100 cases being reported.
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