In a massive surge in Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Mumbai on Thursday saw 478 new cases and 8 deaths. The tally of the city currently stands at 4232 cases with 168 deaths. As per the state health department, Maharashtra saw a rise in 778 cases in the past 24 hours and 14 new fatalities - with the state tally soaring to 6427 and 283 deaths.
478 new coronavirus patients found in Mumbai, taking tally of cases in city to 4,232; death toll rises to 168 with eight deaths: BMC— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) April 23, 2020
Earlier in the day, state Health minister Rajesh Tope revealed that the state's number of hotspots have been reduced from 14 to 5, declaring that the pandemic in control in several parts. Hotspots remaining in Maharashtra include Mumbai, Pune, Malegaon, Nashik, and Nagpur. Moreover, the BMC has started surveying people above 60 years of age who are obese, diabetic, and hypertensive- checking their oxygen levels on a ward-basis and picked up for further action, if they reveal low oxygen levels.
Last week, BMC revised COVID-19 testing criteria, differing from the ICMR guidelines to 'avoid unnecessary testing of asymptomatic persons'. The new guidelines exclude asymptomatic high-risk persons from testing but quarantines them. Swabs will be taken only if the asymptomatic person develops symptoms within the 14 days of quarantine. Moreover, high-risk contacts may be tested on the between 5th & 14th day of quarantine after 'careful observation', states the BMC - inspite CM Thackeray claiming 70 to 75% of the patients had very mild or no symptoms.
BMC has set up 861 containment zones throughout Mumbai since the rise in the number of cases. With over 1 million people living in five square kilometer area, Dharavi is Mumbai's most densely populated area and has been under severe scrutiny - recording 214 cases with 13 deaths. The Centre's inter-ministerial team has visited several areas of Mumbai's containment zones and has recommended adding more isolation beds as the number cases rise in Mumbai.