BKC Emerging as the Latest COVID-19 Hotspot as 60 Office Goers Test Positive in a Month

BKC Emerging as the Latest COVID-19 Hotspot as 60 Office Goers Test Positive in a Month

Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) is in the news again as it is turning out to be the latest COVID-19 hotspot in Mumbai. Around 60 people who work in the region have reportedly tested positive for the virus in just over a month’s time. 

The information was provided by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). It is said that a large portion of these infected workers were living in D Ward consisting of areas like Napean Sea Road, Malabar Hill, and Tardeo. D Ward has reported over 100 COVID-19 cases over a three day period as per civic data.

Authorities last week sealed off a residential building at Napean Sea Road after 20 positive cases were reported from the location within 48 hours. “People who work in glass-and-steel buildings have no choice but to sit in air-conditioned offices the whole day, even while eating food. That is possibly why the infection is spreading in BKC,” a civic official said.

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“Over the past few weeks, we have seen more than 50 cases that have links to BKC. Many of them work in the diamond industry. So we decided to conduct screening camps there. We screened more than 600 people in BKC and many of them turned out to be positive,” Assistant Municipal Commissioner of D Ward, Prashant Gaikwad said.

“We are doing antigen testing for those who have symptoms and their high-risk contacts. Those who come to work [at BKC] can get their results before they leave for home,” he added. Gaikwad also said that offices and commercial buildings in the region must get their workers/employees tested routinely. The civic body is also said to be screening as well as testing the shopkeepers in the region. 

As per data submitted by the BMC, D Ward has recorded a total of 7,546 cases of COVID-19 as on September 14, while 1,466 among these were active patients. While the growth rate stands at 1.63%, the region has seen around 269 COVID-19 related deaths. The ward’s doubling rate is at 43 days whereas the city average is currently 54 days. 

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