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Mulund, Bhandup, Powai, Kanjurmarg, and Vikhroli witness more than 200 per cent increase in coronavirus cases

Data released by the BMC shows that the number of cases in Mumbai's Ward-S and Ward-T cases have 'increased by three times' in just one month.

Mulund, Bhandup, Powai, Kanjurmarg, and Vikhroli witness more than 200 per cent increase in coronavirus cases

Ever since the coronavirus outbreak started in India, Maharashtra has been one of the most affected states in the country and Mumbai has been the most affected City. During the initial few months, coronavirus (COVID-19) cases were high in the slums of Mumbai. However, after months of hard work and planning, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has succeeded in reducing the number of cases in Dharavi, Worli and other areas.

But now there are some areas in the Northern part of Mumbai which have become the hotspots for the spread of coronavirus. Areas like Ward P-North, Ward L, Ward S and Ward T have seen an exponential increase in the number of cases.  

As per the data released by BMC, Ward-S which comprises of Bhandup, Powai, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli, and Nahur had a total of 1,278 cases as of May 27, 2020. But, in a month's time, the cases have increased by 200 per cent and the area currently has three times more cases since then. As of June 24, 2020, Ward-S has 3,857 cases out of which 2,005 cases are active and 1,601  patients have been discharged. Further, Ward-S also has a growth rate of 2.8 per cent which is the second-highest in the city and the number is more than that of the overall average in Mumbai, which currently stands at 1.72 per cent.

Ward-T comprising of Mulund (east and west)  had a total of 626 cases until May 27, 2020. But, as of June 24, 2020, the locality has a total of 2,064 cases, out of which 1,106 cases are active in 8,91 patients have been discharged. Mulund has the highest growth rate currently in Mumbai and that stands at 3.6 per cent

On the other hand, The doubling rate of Ward-S (Bhandup, Powai, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli, and Nahur) and Ward-T (Mulund) is on the lower end. Ward-T (Mulund) has the lowest doubling rate of 20 days and Ward-S (Bhandup, Powai, Kanjurmarg, Vikhroli, and Nahur)  has the second-lowest doubling rate of 25 days. Observing this, officials are now focused on containing the spread of coronavirus in these areas. 

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Keeping the total number of COVID-19 cases in mind, BMC officials have also sealed certain areas marking them as containment zones or red zones in the Mumbai. A total of 71 areas (slums and shawls) and 142 buildings have been sealed in Ward-S and 42 areas with 453 buildings have been sealed in Ward-T.

The number of cases in these two areas has increased exponentially. Officials have also conducted screening of elderly patients with an aim to protect them and contain mortality. The data states that a total of 1,591 houses were surveyed in Ward-S out of which 145 citizens were senior citizens. More than 5,500 people were covered in Ward-S.

As per Ward-T, 80 houses were surveyed and 254 patients were screened, out of which 44 were senior citizens. 

The current doubling rate in Mumbai is at 41 days. A total of 756 areas were marked as containment zones and a total of 6,005 buildings were sealed. The government has set up for 427 fever clinics and more than 3 lakh tests have been conducted in the city out of which 22.8 per cent cases have tested positive. 

As of June 26, 2020, Mumbai had a total of 28,653 cases which were active out of which 16,862 cases were asymptomatic 10,822 cases were symptomatic and 969 patients were critical. Officials have registered 3,962 deaths and 37,010 patients have been discharged.

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