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BMC seals a populated area in Kurla due to increase in coronavirus cases

As per reports, BMC has issued a notification announcing the sealing of HDIL Premier Compound in Kurla until June 23. Around 8,700 people are currently residing in this area.

BMC seals a populated area in Kurla due to increase in coronavirus cases
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a notification announcing the sealing of the populated HDIL Premier Compound in Kurla. The civic body clarified that the HDIL Compound has been sealed from the entrance opposite to Kohinoor Hospital. 

A total of 8,700 people are currently residing in the HDIL Premier Compound. Previously, several buildings around the residential compound were sealed after cases of coronavirus kept growing.  

A BMC official said, “Since cases were rising exponentially and people were not taking it seriously, we decided to restrict the movement of people. A further decision on decontaining the area will be taken after June 23.”

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BMC’s L Ward which comprises of Kurla has a total of 3,258 coronavirus cases which has made it one of the biggest virus clusters in the city. A major contributory factor to this is the fact that almost 70% of the population of the ward resides in slums and shanty homes, making social distancing close to impossible. The L Ward alone has a total of 205 sealed buildings/complexes and 115 containment zones.

Assistant Municipal Commissioner, L ward, Manish Valunje said, “Residents were being screened for symptoms. Senior citizens will also be checked for their oxygen levels so that they can be treated. If any resident shows any symptoms then they will be tested for Covid-19.”

While the authorities are conducting rigorous screening and testing, it’s clear that detection isn’t taking place at an early stage, leading to several complications. To make matters even worse, the BMC recently restricted one of the largest private labs in the city, Metropolis, from conducting COVID-19 tests. The civic body stated in its order that the lab was delaying test results, leading to complications with contact tracing.

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