Mumbai logs 10 new Covid-19 cases; BMC asks citizens to maintain social distancing, eat healthy


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Mumbai: The Financial Capital on Saturday reported 10 new cases of Covid-19 while no deaths due to the infection were reported in the city.With this, the total number of active Covid-19 cases in Mumbai is now 44.

The death toll remained unchanged at 19,746, while the count of recoveries reached 11,35,294 after three patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, the official said.

Amid the Covid-19 cases in some countries, believed to be fuelled by the BF.7 sub-variant of Omicron, the Brighanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun taking preventive measures.

BMC’s Covid-advisory:

-The civic corporation appealed to wear masks in public and maintain Covid-appropriate behaviour including physical distancing rules.
-It also stressed the need to wash hands frequently with soap and water and quarantine at home when feeling sick in order to curb the spread.
-The BMC is also focusing on the vaccination drive as only 15 per cent have taken the booster doses. The BMC on Friday said it would focus on rigorously implementing the vaccination drive.
-The civic corporation has also appealed to the citizens to work towards boosting their immune systems. In a social media post, it advised people to follow a nutritious and healthy diet that includes plenty of vegetables and fruits and to limit the consumption of sugar and salt and intake of oil and fatty foods
-The BMC also informed that Mumbai has an adequate supply of oxygen in case of need. In a fresh advisory on Covid-19 preparedness on Saturday, the Central government asked states to ensure enough supply of medical oxygen if and when a fresh outbreak occurs. A senior official at the BMC said that the civic body has 27 pressure swing adsorption plants that could ensure close to 200 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen needed for the city every day.
-War rooms set up during the first wave of the Covid pandemic in 2020 are operational. ”
-Random testing of international patients has started at airports, said Dr. Gomare. However, the decision to start Covid testing at railway stations or bus stops as was done in the past has been not been taken yet.
– Measures like sealing of homes or building floors to not be followed as of now- Though hospitals have been instructed to keep their Covid beds ready, the BMC officials said that isolation rules will remain the same. The practice of sealing homes or entire floors due to Covid-positive cases will not be followed as of now.

Currently, two hospitals have been dedicated to treating Covid-19 patients which include the Seven Hills with 1,700 beds, and Kasturba with 35 beds. “International travellers who test positive will be sent to Seven Hills if they prefer,” said Dr. Gomare

Along with this, four state-run hospitals namely, Cama (100), St George (70), Tata Memorial Centre (16), and Jagjivan Ram (12)m, and 26 private hospitals with 871 beds will also be available for Covid patients and all hospital admissions will be managed by ward war rooms.

However, the BMC official said that the current Covid drill in Mumbai should be viewed as pre-emptive steps rather than as a measure of severity.

“It’s still Omicron that is in circulation. The threat of a big wave is low,'” he said. This assurance comes amid reports that union health minister Mansukh Mandavia on Saturday said the RNA of the Covid-causing SARS-CoV-2 virus was found in sewage samples in Mumbai and Delhi.

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