BMC to seal building after five or more positive COVID-19 cases

The civic body of Mumbai has been currently sealing buildings after five or more positive cases of COVID-19 being reported in the building.

BMC to seal building after five or more positive COVID-19 cases

With the instances of COVID-19 cases witnessing a spike in the last week across the city, the number of sealed buildings and restricted areas in Mumbai has been increasing as well.

According to sources, on February 19, the number of sealed buildings was clocked at 1,305. Moreover, Mumbai’s civic body, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to seal the building as soon as a COVID-19 positive cases was reported in the building.

Earlier, after 10 or more positive cases were reported in a building, the BMC sealed the building completely. However, currently, buildings are being sealed after five or more positive cases. In addition, after finding two positive cases, the relevant floor of the building is being sealed due to which the number of sealed buildings has increased significantly in the last two days.

The state of Maharashtra had reported its first case in March 2020, which was followed by stringent shutdowns and curbs that were being lifted in a staggered manner only over the past few months. Moreover, the local train services for all resumed only this month. Earlier this week, the civic body decided it will file first information reports (FIR) against home quarantine violators and then send them to mandatory institutional quarantine, under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. According to reports, one such FIR was filed against a resident of Chandivli by the BMC with the Powai police, under sections 188 and 269 of the IPC. A building in Mahim was sealed after five patients were detected positive there.

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