Exclusive: Maharashtra Government looking to convert schools into quarantine centres

Tope said that he has asked the police to be strict while ensuring that people follow the social distancing norm amid the coronavirus outbreak. The BMC has also made wearing face masks compulsory for people.

Exclusive: Maharashtra Government looking to convert schools into quarantine centres
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The number of cases for the coronavirus or COVID-19 in Mumbai has risen to 857. On Thursday, Dharavi reported its third death in one week while the number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 14 in the slum-dominated area. 

The Maharashtra government is focusing on building quarantine centres amid the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier, National Sports Club of India (NSCI) dome in Mumbai was turned into a quarantine facility. The government is also using railway coaches as special observation zones for COVID-19 patients. 

In an exclusive conversation with Mumbai Live, Maharashtra Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope informed that the state government was looking at adding schools to the list of quarantine facilities. Along with this, there should be a better testing facility in order to get faster results. 

“Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad is of the view that government and private schools should be used as quarantine facilities. This is to increase the quarantine facilities,” Rajesh Tope said. 

Talking about the importance of hygiene in places like Dharavi, Tope said that there should be a focus on personal and public hygiene as cleanliness is important to combat the spread of the coronavirus. 

“People should be using clean toilets, use disinfectants. We are also taking the help of the fire department in order to sanitise these paces. Along with this, we are also arranging for the food for the needy,” Tope said. 

Highlighting the need to improve the testing facility for the COVID-19, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the testing also needs to be increased. 

“The swab test results should come within 24 hours but the report doesn’t come even after 3 days. This is why we need to improve the testing facility,” Tope stated while adding, “We are speaking to BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi to get all these things done.”

Moreover, Tope said that he has asked the police to be strict while ensuring that people follow the social distancing norm amid the coronavirus outbreak. The BMC has also made wearing face masks compulsory for people. 

Earlier, the state Health Minister had said that Maharashtra has not yet entered the community transmission stage while appealing that the areas with dense population should strictly follow the lockdown. 

Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra talks about the efforts being made in #Dharavi to combat #coronavirus. Quarantine facilities are being prepped.

Posted by Mumbai Live on Thursday, April 9, 2020

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