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Mumbai: BMC revises protocol to seal buildings

The BMC has decided to seal an entire building if it reports more than ten cases on more than two floors.

Mumbai: BMC revises protocol to seal buildings
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Owing to the spike in the cases of coronavirus in Mumbai, the BMC has decided to seal an entire building if it reports more than ten cases on more than two floors.

Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, if a patient infected with the novel coronavirus is found in the same apartment in a housing society, it will be partially sealed. Accordingly, the wing or the floor will be sealed keeping in view the conditions in the building concerned. The authority to seal the entire building or any part of it has been given to the Assistant Commissioner or Medical Officer of the Divisional Offices of the Municipality.

Back in August, the BMC had decided to seal off an entire building if more than 10 positive cases of the coronavirus were to be found in a single high-rise. It had earlier amended its protocol which was issued on July 29. As per the protocol, the civic body was to seal a building completely only if more than three positive cases of COVID-19 are reported. This decision came after several citizens appealed to the BMC asking the civic body to seal an entire building located in the western suburbs in order to restrict the movement of its residents after a single case of coronavirus was detected.

However, as the number of coronavirus patients has witnessed a reduction, the civic body has relaxed the norms further.

Furthermore, the BMC has stated that after a building is sealed, the entire responsibility of the management will be handed over to the officers of the society. The managing committee and members of the society will be guided by the rules. Private security guards should be deployed. Moreover, housekeepers, fruit and vegetable sellers, laundresses and service providers will not be allowed in the building during the time when the building is sealed.

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