BMC Shutters 70% of COVID Care Centres as Cases Subside in Slums

BMC Shutters 70% of COVID Care Centres as Cases Subside in Slums

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has mentioned that it has returned around 70 per cent of the rooms in private buildings to its owners. The civic body was using private property including sports facilities, marriage halls, dormitories, hostels, as well as hotels and lodges as COVID-19 Care Centres or CCCs across the city. The fall in cases from slum regions is one of the major factors in these closures.

Though the BMC has returned the majority of these properties back to its owners, some of them still remain under the civic body’s control. A senior official from the public health department was quoted by TOI saying - “It was impossible to ask those living in Mumbai's dense slums to isolate themselves in their homes and therefore they had to be quarantined in these facilities to break the viral chain. Following a decline in cases from slums, no need was felt for keeping these CCCs operational anymore.”

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Last week, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said that around 80 per cent of the cases from the metropolitan area are coming from non-slum regions, meaning residential societies or high rises. 

At the moment, the E Ward in Byculla has around 21 CCCs remaining with 19 centres returned to the owners. The G North ward, on the other hand, has around 19 CCCs remaining as 11 facilities were returned. 

Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the metropolitan area as 1,105 cases were reported while 49 people succumbed to the virus in a 24 hour period ending August 2 at 6 PM. Maharashtra reported a total of 9,509 fresh cases over a 24-hour period, making it fairly clear that the virus is far from gone. 

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