'Mumbai does not need lockdown' - BMC Chief

Iqbal Singh Chahal, BMC Commissioner, comments on the condition with regards to the coronavirus situation in Mumbai.

'Mumbai does not need lockdown' - BMC Chief

Speaking to a news channel, Iqbal Singh Chahal, BMC Commissioner, commented on the condition with regards to the coronavirus situation in Mumbai. While many places in Maharashtra are observing a lockdown due to the rise in the number of coronavirus cases, Chahal feels that there is no need for a 100 per cent lockdown in Mumbai.

Chahal further speaking about the condition of the city has stated that the situation is almost under control, adding that the recovery rate for the coronavirus has gone up to 70 per cent. Speaking about the work that needs to be done by the civic body, he stated that the BMC will try to bring down the cases between 500 and 1,000 per day, in the next few days. In conclusion, he said that the pandemic is on the verge of being controlled in the city as Mumbai’s R (rate of people getting infected by a COVID-19 patient) is 1.1.

The city of Mumbai has come to be known as the hotspot for the coronavirus in the country. However, in order to curb the number of cases, the BMC had taken several steps, for example, increasing the number of tests to detect the maximum number of COVID-19 patients and their contact patients under the Chase the Virus campaign.

The BMC has also increased the number of hospital beds for the patients suffering from coronavirus taking into account the growing number of patients while increasing the number of tests. Iqbal Singh Chahal, speaking to the media also stated that, at the moment, out of the total beds available for coronavirus patients in Mumbai, 7.000 beds are vacant, adding that there are 250 vacancies in the intensive care unit.

However, Chahal batted for a lockdown in the neighbouring cities of Mumbai, stating that it is worrisome that Mumbai had 22,000 active cases while Thane had 32,000 cases.