Post-Diwali COVID-19 testing down by five per cent in Mumbai

Increase in COVID-19 cases post Diwali testing down by five per cent, testing is reduced mainly because of the decrease in the number of positive cases at the end of October.

Post-Diwali COVID-19 testing down by five per cent in Mumbai

Due to spike in COVID-19 cases post-Diwali, there was a need for increased testing. However, the number of tests done in the city decreased by five per cent. Before Diwali, the testing number in the city had gone up by five to 10 per cent. Till October 28, 3.68 lakhs test were conducted whereas till November 28, 3.48 lakh tests were conducted out of which only 1.89 lakh tests were conducted from November 17 to November 28. While in the month of September 3.41 lakh tests, August 2.38 lakh tests and July 2.04 lakh tests were conducted.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had started 244 testing centres across Mumbai with an aim of increasing COVID-19 testing across Mumbai. Testing facilities are available in all the 24 wards. If a person needs to get a test done, he can call BMC’s toll-free number 1916 and book one. Any individual who has symptoms can undergo tests at these centres free of cost. The centre conducts both RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests. Lakhs of people have got their tests done in these centres.

The BMC has also started testing hawkers, private workers, BEST bus drivers, conductors, helpers, security guards and delivery boys who are most exposed to the public and can turn into a super spreader.

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