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Ghatkopar records 575 deaths; emerges as new COVID-19 hotspot

The eastern suburbs of Ghatkopar has emerged as the new hotspot for the coronavirus after recording 575 deaths, which happens to be the highest in any ward.

Ghatkopar records 575 deaths; emerges as new COVID-19 hotspot
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The N-ward of the BMC, or the eastern suburbs of Ghatkopar, has emerged as the new hotspot for the coronavirus after recording 575 deaths, which happens to be the highest in any ward.

According to a report in Times of India, amongst the 6,645 deaths reported in Mumbai as of Saturday, N-ward was at the top, followed by K-east with 460 deaths. K-east comprises of the Ville-Parle, Andheri and the Jogeshwari stretch. Moreover, the figures show that Ghatkopar has a mortality rate of 9 per cent which is almost double the city’s overall rate.

Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) earlier on August 3 permitted shops on both sides of the road in Mumbai to remain operational on all days. In the past, the shops were permitted to operate only on a P1-P2 basis whereby shops on one side of the road remained open on odd days, and those on the other side remained open on even days.

However, the movement of people for non-essential activities such as shopping and outdoor exercises is to be restricted within the neighbourhood area limits. The civic body further directed that unrestricted movement will be permitted only for attending the place of work, or medical emergencies. Any person violating the containment measures put in place with regards to the coronavirus can be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

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