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BMC ramps up Mumbai's potential to deal with as many as 10k cases a day

The BMC has already notched a million-plus vaccinations and has a vision to enhance the numbers further

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has geared up to prepare Mumbai's health and medical infrastructure to stand strong against the second, stronger wave of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the city reported about 5,504 fresh cases, the highest single-day spike, since the outbreak of COVID-19 last year. While the Municipal Commissioner has reassured city dwellers that the "situation is under control and there is no reason to panic", the Health Department has simultaneously started to ramp up all COVID control services and facilities, to build a defence that can counter as many as 10, 000 cases per day.


Getting Mumbai ready for the COVID battle

As per the report, Mumbai medical infrastructure will soon beef up to accommodate up to 21,000 COVID-19 beds, in the next two weeks in various hospitals in the city, instead of the earlier 13,733. The BMC has set the ball rolling to this heath augmentation in view of the recent soaring coronavirus tallies which breached the 5,000 mark for the second consecutive day yesterday. Besides this, the morbid toll surged to 13 on Thursday, over double of what was observed a day before that.

The Municipal Commissioner of the BMC pointed out that Mumbai needs to arrange for 21,000 COVID beds for a period of 6 to 8 weeks to nurse the worst-case scenarios of 10k cases per day. This number has been quoted based on the calculation that each symptomatic patient will occupy one bed for a recovery period of 14 days. He further stated that "This is assuming that the number of positives in the due course of time in Mumbai increases to 10,000 per day with assumption that 15 per cent of these would be symptomatic - and requiring beds as per ICMR guidelines."

The COVID-19 situation in Mumbai

At present, Mumbai is dealing with a 12% positivity rate where about 84% of the total infections have been accounted as asymptomatic patients. With the 10k daily rise, preparations are being made to provide prompt health services to about 15% symptomatic patients. This primarily includes hospitalisation as per ICMR norms, the Municipal Commissioner pointed out.


On the brighter side, the authority stated that the death toll is low recording up to 4.6 deaths per day or 0.3% of the total positive cases between February 10 to March 25, when the alleged 'second wave' has set in. The BMC has already notched million-plus vaccinations and has the vision to enhance the numbers further. COVID testing in hospitals and public places or crowded areas, though all Covid-19 protocols must be followed by citizens, BMC Commissioner urged.

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