Mumbai reports highest single-day spike in cases; city malls to make COVID-19 rapid test mandatory

From March 22, all malls in Mumbai need to compulsorily make provisions for a swab collection facility for COVID antigen testing.

Breaking all previous records, the count of fresh coronavirus cases in Mumbai have shot up once again. With 2,877 new cases on Thursday, Mumbai witnessed the highest single-day spike since the outbreak, last year. The new numbers have taken the active tallies in the city to 17,153 cases. As per the recorded data, the city also furnished 1,123 recoveries and 8 deaths on March 18. Medical experts have pointed out that this volatile virus spread is likely to rise further in the coming days.

No lockdown or night curfew in Mumbai

Despite the resurgence of coronavirus cases, BMC notified that there is no likeliness of a lockdown or night curfew in Mumbai. The state Health Minister had also pointed out that lockdown is not a solution to curb infection spread. He pointed out that the fatality count is under control and that more cases are being reported due to an increase in Mumbai's testing capacity. At present, the metropolis is conducting about 24,000 tests every day.

To establish control and prevention measures, public places and places of high contact will be monitored under a strict check. This includes bus stops, public parking lots, outside eateries and entry-exit points. Earlier, a 50% restriction norm was also imposed in Mumbai to cut-down the holding capacity of several services and institutes.

Protocols in Malls: negative COVID report or swab testing

Meanwhile, people visiting malls in Mumbai need to prepare themselves rather differently now. In view of the exponential rise of coronavirus cases here, the BMC has devised a protocol that states that either people produce negative COVID reports or ger ready for a swab test. From March 22, all malls in Mumbai need to compulsorily make provisions for a swab collection facility for COVID rapid antigen testing.

A designated team will also be at work to collect samples from the people while other details are still being worked out. As per senior officials, asymptomatic patients are major aggregators of the infections and when such a person enters a crowded space, of the likes of a mall, the virus spreads. This decision has come in wake of the final warning issued by the Chief Minister to all mall owners, as COVID guidelines were repeatedly being overlooked at several places.

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