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High-rise buildings witnesses a spike in cases

With the COVID-19 being concentrated in the high-rises of Borivali, Kandivali, Dahisar and Malad, the BMC has decided to concentrate on these areas to curb the number of cases.

High-rise buildings witnesses a spike in cases
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In a turn of events, growing cases of the coronavirus have increasingly been reported at several high-rise buildings of Mumbai. Currently, with the COVID-19 being concentrated in the high-rises of Borivali, Kandivali, Dahisar and Malad, the BMC has decided to concentrate on these areas to curb the number of cases.

Suresh Kakani, the additional municipal commissioner, has further asked the civic body to take note of such buildings. He has also been visiting the western suburbs in order to gauge the situation. The BMC staffers have therefore been conducting meetings regularly with the housing committee of various housing societies to discuss and implement the various ways in which the spread of the coronavirus can be contained. Fever checks and antigen tests are touted to be conducted by the civic body in these high-rises to further contemplate the spread of the disease.

Furthermore, there has been a rising concern among residents with regards to the house helps coming in the housing societies. The BMC had earlier sealed Tanner Heights, a residential complex with 136 flats, located on Napean Sea Road. This came after 19 house help and support staff from the high-rise apartments tested positive for COVID-19. As Mumbai has started to breathe a sigh of relief over the reduction of cases in the slum clusters, the high-rises have been witnessing an enormous amount of cases.

In the past, On May 18, the BMC had authorized a revised protocol for sealing of buildings, according to which, in some cases, the entire building would not need to be sealed, and only the floor on which a positive case of coronavirus was found can be sealed. However, depending on the situation, the entire building can also be sealed and the decision regarding this is to be taken based on the local situation.

Meanwhile, on July 12, Maharashtra recorded 7,827 novel coronavirus cases, propelling the state's COVID-19 tally to 2,54,427.

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