COVID-19 cases in Mumbai dip to their lowest single-day tally in 5 weeks on Monday!

BMC plans to adopt aggressive COVID testing to conduct 40,000 tests per day to reduce the case positivity ratio in Mumbai.

Mumbai achieved a small yet significant victory against the coronavirus infection on Monday, when the daily record of fresh cases dipped to 2,624 cases, the lowest single-day tally in 5 months. Before this, the lowest case rise was noted on March 17 with 2,377 cases. While the decline in the number of new infections brings respite, it also has to be noted that this number may be attributed to the sharp dip in the number of COVID tests conducted here. As per BMC reports, testing has dived from 50,000 tests a day to 38,000 tests and even around 28,000 tests during some days.

Mumbai to adopt enhanced testing to lower case positivity ratio

On Monday, cases in Mumbai plummeted to their lowest tally in over one month, hinting at the stabilisation of infection rise. In a month's time, the coronavirus load in Mumbai scaled down from its highest-ever 11,206 on April 4, to its lowest in five-week with 2,624 on May 3. While this suggests that the second wave spell has started to subside here, it may also be linked to a dip in testing, read reports.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, on the other hand, has decided to ramp up testing potentials in Mumbai to at least 40,000 per day. The number of COVID tests conducted in a day has fallen drastically from 44,000 to 28,000 in April and only 23,542 tests were conducted on Monday, May 3. Consequently, the positivity ratio dipped from 9%-12% in April to about 7.79% as of May 2.

COVID curbs should not be withdrawn until mass vaccination drive

However, the municipal body is certain that boosting testing capacities in Mumbai will generate a lower positivity ratio, which refers to the number of people that test positive against the total number of tests conducted. Officials have stated that an aggressive testing policy has already supported healing trends here. They have also appealed to the public to come forward and get themselves tested.

Meanwhile, health and medical experts have pointed out that the curbs and restrictions should be continued in Mumbai even as the case count is under control. Strict health guidelines need to be followed at least until the fulfilment of the mass vaccination drive in Mumbai and Maharashtra.

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Hackathon by Lucknow's AKTU to find inventive solutions for the ongoing oxygen crisis!

All interested individuals can apply through the registration portal on the university website by May 10 (5 PM).

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'Breathe India' initiative by IIT Kanpur alumni racks up over 3 cr for tackling rife LMO crisis!

After successful operations in Delhi, they are expanding their reach to UP with the help of a Lucknow based NGO.

When citizens across the country are grappling due to a dire shortage of oxygen amid the second wave of the pandemic, a group of alumni from IIT Kanpur have taken it upon their shoulders to assure enhanced supplies of the medical necessity. Through a crowdfunded initiative, 'Breathe India', the group has raised more than 3 crores and ordered oxygen concentrators for medical centres across Delhi. Now, they are expanding this scope of help to Uttar Pradesh with the help of a Lucknow-based NGO.

Right Walk Foundation in Lucknow to support 'Breathe India' in UP

After remarkable triumphs in the first week of the campaign, the alumni collective has now associated with Lucknow's Right Walk Foundation for its programs in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the group aims to distribute concentrators, oxygen cylinders, oximeters and other equipment among the underprivileged individuals. With this, the net target of the campaign has been augmented to ₹4 crores and the initiators anticipate that they would reach this goal soon.

Working on the lines of 'social inclusion', Right Walk Foundation assures support and assistance to slum-dwelling communities across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Highlighting the need for public advocacy, the organisation attempts to create an ecosystem of equity and sustainability.

Successful in assuring widespread relief

As per the information provided on their campaign page, over 250 concentrators are being provided through this program to hospitals and COVID care centres. Marking collaborative efforts with SaveLife Foundation, this group of samaritans have been successful in assuring relief in a much greater measure, than their initial expectations. All of the resources are being delivered across Delhi, working in alignment with the requirements observed by the Delhi Government.

The facilitators consist of Ashutosh Ranka, Isha Agarwal, Nikhil Asati, Kavya Eluru, Randhir Shah- each one from a different batch of IIT-K. Together, they have embarked on a journey to help scores of citizens and save hundreds of Life.

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