3.64 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Mumbai

BMC on July 8, 2020 announced on social media regarding the number of coronavirus tests stating that 3.64 lakh tests have been performed in Mumbai till date.

3.64 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on July 8, 2020, shared details about the number of coronavirus tests, stating that 3.64 lakh tests have been performed in Mumbai till date. However, other reports stated that the city has been performing a limited number of tests for coronavirus. 

 The first test for coronavirus in Mumbai was conducted on February 3, 2020, and the first patient was tested positive on 11th March 2020. After which the following number of tests were performed.

Tests performed
February 3 - May 6
1 lakh
June 1 - June 24
2-3 lakh
July 8

BMC also said that they have purchased antigen testing kits which would give the test results within half an hour and would help in speeding up the process of testing. With approximately 1 lakh kits being purchased, the number of tests being conducted on a daily basis has gone up to 5,500 and as of July 8, 2020, the number stands at 5,483. 

Setting up temporary hospitals has also been one of the priority of the BMC along with oxygen and ICU facilities. The BMC has been taking various measures in order to make the life of Mumbaikars easy with regards to the testing and treatment facilities. On July 7, it was decided that the people who want to get themselves tested for coronavirus will not require a doctors prescription and a list of authorized labs was made available by BMC where Mumbaikars could get themselves tested. Tracing of more than 16 lakh people has been done and 1,34,400 have completed their quarantine period. 

Sero Survey has been launched in Mumbai in collaboration with the NITI Aayog, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and others. This is an antibody test which will be performed by collecting blood samples. Initially, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had decided to conduct 'sero survey' across the country is also launched in Mumbai.

BMC has made it clear in their press release that the health of the citizens is their topmost priority and the allegations which were stated in a few reports are false.  

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