Mumbai to accelerate its COVID vaccination drive to kick-start the Phase III of inoculation without hiccups.
The COVID-19 scare continues to haunt Mumbai as fresh tallies rose to 7,192 cases on Tuesday. While a marginal dip has been witnessed in the daily caseload since April 17, the virus growth rate has been pegged at 1.46% here. Additionally, a relatively lower recovery rate of 83% has led to a relentless active load of 82,671 cases across the city. So far, the Maximum City has reported over 5.9 lakh coronavirus cases, emerging as one of the worst affected districts in the country.
106 containment zones declared in Mumbai
The Brihanmumbia Municipal Corporation has ramped up its testing capacities to detect the coronavirus penetration in Mumbai. According to the civic body, about 47,000 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, a rise from 36,556 conducted on Monday. This data suggests that Mumbai's case positivity ratio stands at around 15.3%, which simply means that for every 100 tests conducted here, about 15 people are testing COVID positive.
In wake of this spread, the BMC has declared over 106 containment zones in slums and chawls of Mumbai. As of Monday, about 1,171 buildings have also been sealed here to arrest the transmission of the virus through direct contact.
BMC to double vaccination centres for Phase III COVID inoculation
Meanwhile, the BMC has started to ramp up the vaccination set-up here to accommodate double the centres, to smoothly conduct the Phase III of the COVID-19 inoculation drive. This segment will target the immunisation of all people over the age of 18 - considerably expanding the list of beneficiaries to an estimated 80 lakh adult population. At present, the city has 127 such centres are orchestrating the COVID vaccination here.
Consequently, the BMC has decided to undertake a vigorous vaccination drive and allow corporate houses to vaccinate their staffers. The civic body is aiming to immunise 25 lakh people per month and for this, each ward will 4 government vaccination centres apart from the private ones. With this set-up, BMC aims to achieve total immunisation of target beneficiaries in 6 months with the help of 1.6 crore doses.
Till Tuesday, about 2.76 lakh people with both doses in Mumbai. This makes up about 3.2% of the target population. The first dose has been administered to around 17.66 lakh citizens, read reports. Around 77.2 lakh people of Mumbai need to vaccinated with either the first or both doses to cover 100% of its adult population, as per estimates.