Random testing at stations, malls & tourist spots in Mumbai to curtail the second COVID wave

BMC has planne to test around 47,800 individuals at various frequented spots in the city daily.

Keeping a strict watch on the multiplying COVID count and escalating infections witnessed in Mumbai, the municipal authorities are executing new measures each day. As per the latest developments, the BMC has instructed the authorities to conduct random testing of individuals at highly frequented places like stations, malls and tourist places. Reportedly, the mandatory rapid antigen diagnostic test for the COVID virus shall be conducted without asking for consent from the citizens.

BMC's stringent steps for blocking the second wave of coronavirus

Reportedly, the Municipal Commissioner has ordered that around 47,800 individuals should be tested at various spots in the city. While the individuals shall bear the cost of tests at malls, they will be conducted for free at all other places. As per reports, a test has been priced at ₹250 and if an individual doesn't take the mandatory test, he/she shall be fined under the Epidemic Act,1897.

According to BMC's announcements, these tests shall be conducted at 27 malls, 9 railway stations and 4 bus depots. Amongst these, centres like CR-2 Mall in Nariman Point, Sobo Central Malls at Tardeo, Phoenix Mall in Lower Parel, Atria Mall in Worli, Infinity Mall in Andheri, Oberoi Mall at Goregaon, Phoenix Mall at Kurla and R City Mall have been included. In addition to this, passengers at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai Central, Dadar Western and Central, Bandra Terminal, Andheri, Borivali and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus railway stations and Mumbai Central, Parel, Borivali and Kurla bus depots will also undergo tests.

While the authorities have set a target of conducting 10,800 at 27 malls in the city daily, 9,000 and 4,000 tests have been planned for stations and bus stops, respectively. Additionally, BMC has also made arrangements to test 24,000 people daily at crowded tourist hubs. It is to be noted that theatres, auditoriums and offices have already been directed to operate at 50% capacity. Being deployed to block the second wave of COVID virus, these measures attempt to prevent accelerated patient count in the near future.

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