Monday, 18 October 2021

Restriction in Mumbai to be entirely removed by Diwali if the whole population is vaccinated, says BMC Commissioner

Restriction in Mumbai to be entirely removed by Diwali if the whole population is vaccinated, says BMC Commissioner

95% of its population can vaccination done in Mumbai by Diwali if the current vaccination pace is well maintained, said BMC chief

He also said that all restrictions would be removed by November if the vaccination goal is reached.

Chahal said in an interview with CNBC.

"We have set the target to vaccinate 100% of city population by november in Diwali. If that happens, we will open up everything," 

Mumbai reported 279 new coronavirus cases and seven fatalities on Thursday, taking its total count to 7,38,522 and death count to 15,975

Mumbai serosurvey

The BMC on Thursday said it had begun the fifth Covid-19 serosurvey in all 24 administrative wards across the city. The survey is carrying out with the help of IDFC Institute and ATE Chandra Foundation.

A statement released by the civic body on Thursday night said the survey would be conducted in the clinics of a selected medical practitioner for the non-slum region.

It stated.

"About 8,000 random samples collected during the survey and tested at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General, Sion Hospital,"

The BMC had run the first and second surveys in July and August in the year 2020, respectively, in three wards, while the third survey was conducted this year in March in 24 wards and the fourth one from May to June, in the child age groups.

BMC said.

"In view of the expected of third wave and also as Covid vaccination drive is being executed, it is important to know the antibody levels in the community,"

Restriction in Mumbai to be entirely removed by Diwali if the whole population is vaccinated says BMC Commissioner 1getty image

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The covid situation in the city

A civic official said that Mumbai reported 279 new Covid-19 cases and seven deaths on Thursday, bringing its caseload to 7,38,522 and fatality count to 15,975.

The daily cases have persisted below the 300 for the fourth day in a row and for the sixth time in August month, a BMC official said. The daily death count in the city also remained below 10 for the eleventh consecutive day.

As 36,168 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, the city's cumulative test count reached 85,43,032, the official said.

With 242 patients recuperating, the recovery count of the metropolis rose to 7,17,191. The official said the city's average Covid-19 recovery rate is 97%, adding that it currently has 2,928 active cases.

Mumbai's case doubling rate has improved to 1,819 days, while the growth rate for the period between 5 and 11 August stood at 0.04%, the official said.

There are only two containment zones in Mumbai at present, and the number of sealed buildings to break the chain of the virus has come down to 31 now, he added.

On 4 April this year, Mumbai had reported the highest number of 11,163 daily cases, while the highest number of 90 fatalities were recorded on 1 May.

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