Mumbai may witness an amplified tally of COVID-19 cases with a boost in testing capacities

Municipal authority of Mumbai is expecting as many as 2,000 cases in a day soon

A pseudo-second wave is being witnessed in the city of Mumbai as the cases witness an upsurge after being stable, even falling last week. These numbers, though create a sense of panic among citizens is nothing but are nothing more than the results of ramped-up testing in the city. Mumbai municipal authorities conduct about 9,000 tests a day, and directions to amplify it to 12,000 to 14,000 per day have been further augmented.

Reasons for Mumbai's case explosion

On Monday, the city of Mumbai recorded about 1,179 fresh cases taking the total city tally to 1,45,805 cases. With a 230 active caseload and 32 deaths in a single day, Mumbai seems to be struggling to cope with the increase in the the number of cases which have hit the city in what appears as a stronger second wave.

After witnessing a gradual fall in the number of cases and development of herd immunity, the unexpected rise to an average of 13,000 cases in the last few days has settled in panic and anxiety among the citizens. While medical executives and private hospitals in the city deal with an unprecedented surge in the caseload and waiting periods, the BMC has re-assured its citizens that they have a strong grip over the growth of the coronavirus. The upward trends of fresh cases are a result of the increased and improved testing in the city and not due to a fresh infection wave; the BMC is testing about 9,000 tests a day which is to soon amp up to higher numbers in the coming days. With this, the authorities are expecting as many as 2,000 cases being reported in a single day.

The BMC has shut down about 73 COVID nursing homes and care centres due to lack of proper care and management and this has been suspected as the reason behind the increased caseload on the private hospitals. The BMC Chief clarified that people themselves want to get treated at private medical institutions rather than the state-run ones despite the availability of better facilities and cheaper drugs. This inclination towards private facilities has also increased since the state has capped the treatment cost to ₹4000 a day, making it relatively affordable for a bigger population.

Knock Knock

Mumbaikars are requested to not panic as the increased numbers are a sign of quick and improved identification and curing system that the BMC is adopting. These increased testing will nip the transmission of virus by arresting and treating it before it becomes severe and life threatening which may render a faster recovery to the city on the whole.

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