BMC revises isolation guidelines, Institutional isolation mandatory for COVID patients aged 50+

Only the patients aged 40 and below, can opt for home isolation

In a circular issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on August 19, the civic body has revised the home isolation guidelines for COVID positive patients aged 40 and above. As per the new rules, those who test positive for the coronavirus infection and are over the age of 50, must be admitted to a COVID care facility, irrespective of other medical conditions and comorbidity.


Guideline Details

Analysing Mumbai's fatality rate among COVID-19 positive patients in the month of August has highlighted the fact that people aged between 50 to 60 account to 83% of the total deaths that are recorded due to the virus. Patients in age groups 60 and above fall in the high risk category and need authorised medical attention. Till now, the city has reported about 21,539 deaths.

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In a circular released by the BMC Executive Health Officer, the home isolation guidelines were tightened to reduce the death rate due to virus. The Public health department recommended a mandatory institutional (government or otherwise) isolation for anybody over the age of 50, regardless of any comorbidity. Any person with comorbidity, if tests positive, has to be hospitalised, irrespective of age and symptoms. Only those below the age of 40 can opt for home isolation if they have no chronic health disorders and either are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.

The BMC Executive Health Officer also said that nobody can be forced to get hospitalised in the city, however, efforts to shift people to COVID care facilities under supervised medical attention shall be taken.

Knock Knock

The circular guidelines have been backed by a detailed study and analysis. The circular guidelines will definitely help in curbing the spike in fatality rate among patients falling under higher age groups.

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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.

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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

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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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