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Coronavirus Update: BMC's L-ward has emerged as another hotspot

The officials informed that 70 per cent of the cases in the L-ward have been reported from its slum pockets. Along with a strict lockdown in these pockets, all senior citizens would be checked for comorbidity.

Coronavirus Update: BMC's L-ward has emerged as another hotspot
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The L- ward of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has emerged as another hotspot for the coronavirus or COVID-19 in Mumbai. The ward includes Kurla and Sakinaka areas which have over 350 cases for the coronavirus. 

After Worli, Byculla and Andheri West, the L-ward has the fourth-highest number of infected patients, according to the data released by BMC. The ward has witnessed a four-times increase in COVID-19 cases in the last 15 days. 

The officials informed that 70 per cent of the cases in the L-ward have been reported from its slum pockets. Along with a strict lockdown in these pockets, all senior citizens would be checked for comorbidity, the Indian Express reported. 

The BMC data shows that there were 85 cases till April 14 in the L-ward and the number increased to 371 on April 25. This is a four times increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. BMC will make Ashok Nagar a containment zone. It has over 5,000 people living in slums. 

The officials informed that at least six to seven hotspots have emerged in the populated slums in Kurla. Moreover, nearly 80 per cent of the cases have been reported in areas including Jarimari, Pipeline Road, Qureshi Nagar, LBS Road near Hari Masjid and Sunderbaugh. 

The L-ward has more than 140 containment zones and BMC has so far found nine cases and declared four areas as containment zones. 

Meanwhile, the state secretariat or Mantralaya has been shut till April 30 for the decontamination drive. Earlier, four people were tested positive for the coronavirus or COVID-19 at Mantralaya. 

Maharashtra has become the worst-hit state in India due to the coronavirus outbreak and has crossed the 9,000-mark. The state has reported almost 9,318 cases till now and the death toll has reached to 400. Of these, nearly 6,169 cases have been reported from Mumbai. 

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