BMC asks private hospitals to transfer non-Mumbai COVID patients, to jumbo centres outside city

The civic body has also directed these hospitals to discharge all coronavirus-asymptomatic patients

In order to sustain the load of the quickly spiralling active cases in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has directed all private hospitals in the city to redirect and deflect outstation patient traffic to jumbo COVID care centres on the outskirts of the city. This injunction has been issued with respect to the inability of the hospitals to cope with the caseload that has surged by 50% in the city, since September 1 due to improved testing. The civic authority has also instructed private hospitals to discharge all asymptomatic patients to vacate the hospital beds for those who cannot home isolate and need dedicated medical attention.

No beds for Non-Mumbaikars

This decision of the BMC is discriminatory, especially to those who come to the city to seek expert care and medical attention. However, with these non-permanent patients filling up private hospitals in the cities, the vacancies are falling short for the local citizens of Mumbai. This directive is authorised over 80% of the private hospital beds that are under the jurisdiction of the BMC. These beds shall also be allotted through the ward war-room. Besides, the BMC will ensure that non-Mumbaikars find beds for treatment in jumbo care facilities outside the city. The remaining 20% of the beds can be allocated as per the discretion of the hospitals.

The city has a capacity of around 1,418 ICU beds, out of which a meagre 91 were available on Monday. 27 of these vacancies were in the city's private hospitals. The city has been witnessing a sharp rise in the number of daily infections and with the closure of 72 nursing homes in Mumbai over lack of equipment and facility, the city has decided to classify COIVD patients to facilitate treatment accordingly. Only those MMR patients that require dedicated attention will be admitted to major hospitals in the city while others would be diverted to the jumbo care centres outside the city limits.

Apart from this, all asymptomatic patients are not allowed to seek beds in hospitals and have been advised to isolate at home. The BMC has further notified all private hospitals to discharge all asymptomatic patients if their health conditions are stable and they need not require any further external care. According to doctors at private hospitals, all asymptomatic patients are usually admitted for a period of 5-6 days, and are discharged once their clinical and biochemical parameters show stability. Certain patients to extend their stay incase their families are in quarantine or there is not enough space to isolate at their homes.

Knock Knock

BMC's decision on providing health facilities based on the patient's location have met with a sharp criticism. Since no citizen of India can be denied a right to treatment and admission, diverting patient traffic to centres that lack supervision and/or equipment is discriminatory.

Due to high rainfall in Mumbai city, the local trains hit an obstacle. The high rainfall resulted in waterlogging, in not just several streets around Mumbai but also on many train tracks for the Mumbai local trains. As of now, these trains are not operable. Many parts of Mumbai saw high rainfall on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, which led to overflowing train tracks.

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Increasing COVID recoveries, falling cases and deaths promise Maha and Mumbai a quick revival

The situation of Mumbai circle continues to raise alarm, however, rapid recoveries are expected soon

The state of Maharashtra has managed to withdraw itself from the fearful clutch of the coronavirus, reporting a summit recovery of 32,007 patients. The State Health Minister also highlighted the falling numbers of fresh cases and mortality count, that dawns a proverbial ray of hope on the State. Capital Mumbai is also mirroring this healing phenomenon with more recoveries than admissions, along with a falling fatality count.

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Mumbai to get 150 more suburban train services from Monday

The selected 10 per cent staff will require QR ID codes from the government which along with a valid identity card to commute after buying tickets/passes, said an official.

Mumbai will get additional 150 suburban trains on the Western Railway (WR) which will ease the commuting travails for office goers and those in essential services permitted by the Maharashtra government, officials said in Mumbai on Sunday.

With this, the number of WR suburban services will shoot up from 350 to 500 daily, while the Central Railway is already running 355 services. This works out to 855 services daily - or barely one-third of the regular 2,300-plus suburban services that was the norm before the lockdown in March-end.

With the increase in services, the government permitted 10 per cent of key employees of private and cooperative banks to commute by local trains, in addition to essential staff of public sector banks, various government departments, aircraft maintenance staffers and lawyers who have been allowed so far.

The selected 10 per cent staff will require QR ID codes from the government which along with a valid identity card to commute after buying tickets/passes, said an official.

To avoid overcrowding and maintain physical distance, the WR and CR will open additional ticket booking counters at major stations on the suburban section which spans across Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad.

Presently, many office-goers, especially those from Thane, Palghar and Raigad who commute to their workplaces in Mumbai are forced to travel at least 6 hours daily owing to huge traffic snarls on main roads and the two highways serving the country's commercial capital.

Moreover, despite the restricted categories allowed to commute by local trains, there is overcrowding during the morning-evening peak hours making a sham of the physical distancing norms.

- With inputs from IANS

The State of Maharashtra has recorded recoveries that supersede the tally of fresh coronavirus cases. On Saturday, the state reported 20,519 new cases, 23,501 recoveries along with 425 fatalities. The statistics of Mumbai also improved with 5000+ recoveries.

What's the update?

Maharashtra has exhibited a positive recovery rate for 3 days in a row, growing from 70.90 per cent to 71.47 per cent. Besides this, the state mortality rate stands at 2.72 per cent as per the data analysis on Friday. The state has accumulated 425 new fatalities to the total tally of 32,216 COVID deaths. According to the reports, Maharashtra witnessed a death roughly every 3.2 minutes as a spike of 902 new cases was added every hour to the state tally Friday..

With this highest swell in single-day recoveries, the active case tally of the state plunged to negative, projecting the possibility of a quick revival against the virus. However, a disparity which was identified between the state and the capital in terms of statistics and numbers till Friday got dissolved on Saturday when Mumbai recorded 5105 recoveries. The deteriorating health graph of Mumbai notched more recoveries on Saturday unlike the rest of the week, along with the second-highest fatality count of 50, after Pune which recorded 55 deaths.

Other state districts have also recorded high death counts, namely Nagpur with 36 deaths, Satara with 26 and Thane at 37. Sangli reported 26 deaths.

Knock Knock

Besides Mumbai/Pune Circle, the state of Maharashtra has been successful in controlling and/or reducing the effects of coronavirus transmission and spread. For the Capital & Pune to attain a speedy recovery, the people and the state have to join forces and combat the growth and repercussions of the virus together.

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As of today, Maharashtra has reported 11,45,840 cases of the coronavirus.

Due to the surging COVID-19 cases, Mumbai police relaid Section 144 in the city till the 30th of September. The prohibitory orders which have been imposed, restricts movement and the gathering of 4 or more people. This imposition has already been in place since the time the lockdown came into force and it does not come with any changes pertaining to the guidelines of Unlock 4.0. There are no new restrictions which have been added to this order.

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