Coronavirus Pandemic: BEST employee tests positive in Mumbai

Coronavirus Pandemic: BEST employee tests positive in Mumbai

A Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Mumbai on Friday. According to media reports, the bus employee is a resident of Tilak Nagar in Wadala.

The authorities have quarantined all the other employees who may have come in contact with him whereas the building of his residence has been sealed. 

The BEST drivers and conductors had earlier complained about the condition of the bus depots amid the national lockdown. The only public transport that is functioning in Mumbai is the bus service by BEST. The BEST buses have been ferrying people working in essential services amid the coronavirus pandemic. The drivers and conductors have been working relentlessly working to ensure smooth transportation for the employees of essential services.

However, the employees complained that they have been unhappy with the arrangements made for them at the bus depots where the staffers eat, rest and assemble in large numbers in a limited space.

In other news, the mother and her five-day-old baby who were tested positive, have now been tested negative during a recent examination. While the people are slowly recovering from the pandemic, the number of cases are piling up. So far, Mumbai has recorded 235 positive cases.

A 35-year-old doctor in Dharavi was recently tested positive for nCOVID-19. The doctor has a clinic on the main road in Dharavi and is the third patient from this area to have tested positive.

"His family is put in quarantine, they'll be tested today for coronavirus. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation tracing his contacts. The building where he lives will be quarantined and all high-risk contacts will be traced,"  a BMC official said.

Dharavi is Asia's largest slum and is a densely populated area. The concept of social distancing is not possible in the area, as Dharavi has 8.69 lakh people per square mile. This makes it a potential hotspot for the spread of coronavirus.

In an exclusive interview with Mumbai Live, many doctors from Mumbai raised concerns about the novel coronavirus spread in Mumbai slums. Talking about the same, they said, "Social distancing in slums is almost impossible."