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BMC bans 'mandatory' home isolation in Mumbai, stresses on institutional quarantine in rural areas

Earlier, the Govt. had announced that home isolation will not be allowed in Mumbai, Pune & 16 other 'red zone' districts in Maharashtra.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Tuesday waived off the 'mandatory' home isolation for COVID patients in Mumbai to gain precise control over the pandemic situation. While the state had previously disallowed residence quarantine in 18 COVID 'red zone' districts in Maharashtra, including Mumbai city and suburbs, the BMC Commissioner announced that the protocol will remain in effect here. The civic body, however, has removed the compulsion of the same.

Providing better medical aid to COVID patients

Streamlined with the state government's announcement, the BMC commissioner has reportedly stated that institutional quarantine will be emphasized in rural areas in Mumbai to curtail the virus spread. The provision of home isolation is still available to coronavirus patients. Meanwhile, asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic COVID patients in other high-risk 'red zone' areas in Maharashtra will not be allowed to isolate at home.

This decision has been constituted to provide better medical aid to coronavirus patients and effectively reduce the spread, the State Health Minister stated. Besides this, officials of 18 districts in the state have been asked to raise their bed capacity and testing potential, with prime focus to contact positive patients. These include Pune, Satara, Solapur, Mumbai city, Mumbai suburbs, Thane, Sindhudurg, Raigad, Aurangabad, Osmanabad, Beed, Hingoli, Latur, Nanded, Amravati, Akola, Dhule and Nagpur.

Preparations to control COVID rise

Other infrastructure boosts shall also be awarded to the government hospitals in these districts under the authority of the state. These hospital managements have been tasked to conduct fire and electric audits, the funds for which will be borne by the state after the inspection reports are submitted, the Minister informed. Similarly, special pediatric provisions are also being ensured to sustain the impact of the expected third wave rise of coronavirus.

The Health Minister emphasised compliance to COVID protocols to subdue the impact and danger of the pandemic. On Tuesday, Mumbai reported around 1,029 fresh cases and 1,426 recoveries. Around 37 virus-related deaths were added to the toll in the last 24 hours. As of now, the MMR is nursing around 27,855 active cases. While the surge is under control, the official stated that the pandemic will magnify if precautionary measures and listed protocols are not abided by.

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