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BMC plans free antigen tests across all Municipal Hospitals

As per reports, these tests have been getting good response from the citizens, where over 200-250 tests are being performed every day for the past five days, and at least four new coronavirus patients are identified from the samples

BMC plans free antigen tests across all Municipal Hospitals
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Coronavirus cases in the city of Mumbai have increased after Diwali and experts have stated that the count could rise significantly in the next few days. Keeping this in mind, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken safety measures by increasing the number of COVID-19 tests in the city. To escalate the same, these tests are now being provided free of cost at Lokmanya Tilak, KEM, and Nair Hospitals under the administration.

Currently, antigen tests are being performed to detect COVID-19 and these tests have been getting good response from the citizens. As per reports, over 200-250 tests are being performed every day for the past five days, and at least four new coronavirus patients are identified from the samples.

Officials at the KEM, Lokmanya Tilak, Nair and Cooper Hospitals have provided antigen testing facilities for medical staff in the morning and for the general public in the afternoon. Besides this, RT-PCR tests are also being conducted for the definitive diagnosis of patients, whereby some samples are being sent to Kasturba Hospital for further analysis.

BMC has asked the teams to perform the tests on the medical personnel to ensure their safety as they are most likely to be infected by the hospitalized and other medical patients. Meanwhile, authorities from the administration have appealed to the Mumbaikars to take advantage of these tests in municipal hospitals. 

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has warned the state of a second COVID wave and has asked everyone to stay vigilant at all times. Municipal Corporations across the state, especially in cities like Mumbai, Thane, Pune and others saw crowds and gathering during the festivities, due to which the COVID-19 tally has increased drastically. As per reports, the government is planning another lockdown in the state and the decisions regarding revised guidelines will be released soon, said State Health Minister, Rajesh Tope. To ensure citizen safety at all times, all the civic bodies have been asked to take strict action against those who do not wear a mask or follow norms in public places.

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