BMC ramps up COVID-19 testing

The BMC has increased the number of tests for COVID-19 in Mumbai in view of the increase in cases.

BMC ramps up COVID-19 testing

In a bid to deal with the growing number of cases of coronavirus, Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has increased the number of tests that are being conducted in Mumbai.

According to the data shared by the BMC, 2,261 people contracted the coronavirus on Sunday whereas 44 people succumbed to the disease. Moreover, the total number of patients suffering from the coronavirus in Mumbai has reached 1,98,720. So far, 8,791 patients have died. On Sunday, the 44 people who succumbed to the disease included 30 men and 14 women. Of these, 38 had chronic illnesses.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had earlier provided for the progress report of 'My Family, My Responsibility' campaign. This entails door-to-door survey for tracing and treating patients suffering from the coronavirus, identifying people with co-morbidities, raising awareness and educating citizens on safety measures to break the chain of transmission. The CM stated that 69.94 lakh households have been surveyed via 55,268 teams. Out of 37,733 suspected cases, 4,517 people have reported testing positive for the coronavirus.

Under the initiative, the volunteers are to visit door to door to check for fever and oxygen levels of residents, provide them health education, look for patients with symptoms of the coronavirus and refer them for treatment if they have any. Also, people with comorbidities such as diabetes, obesity as well as heart and kidney disease will be referred for treatment.

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