At a time when town crossed 90,000 Covid-19 circumstances, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is anticipating a spike within the variety of every day circumstances owing to the rise in assessments to five,000 every day and the permission to conduct assessments with no prescription. BMC can also be utilizing 1 lakh speedy antigen kits that give ends in 30 minutes to extend the testing power.
As of July 9, 3.79 lakh assessments have been carried out in Mumbai, with a optimistic price of 23.39%, based on BMC knowledge. In May, the common every day assessments carried out by BMC was 3,800, adopted by 4,300 in June, and going as much as almost 5,000 assessments every day. The determine consists of each RT-PCR and speedy antigen testing.
Suresh Kakani, further municipal commissioner, BMC, stated it will be troublesome to foretell a spike or decline in circumstances. “We can’t claim cases have saturated or peaked or we will see a downward trend now. We have made preparations to cater to a spike in the number of cases for the coming days. With liberalised testing guidelines and use of rapid antigen kits, we might see a spike in the coming days, but we will have to wait for a few more days for the impact to be seen.”
Kakani stated, “We are already conducting around 5,000 tests daily, and this number will go up further to 6,000 or 7,000. However, we can’t tell how many tests will be conducted daily. It depends [on various factors]. We have been using rapid antigen kits for which we are floating bids to appoint private laboratories to carry out tests on a larger scale.”
Currently, BMC has examined 2,000 samples utilizing the speedy antigen kits, and 5% of these have come optimistic. However, the kits are majorly getting used within the suburbs, the place circumstances are rising at a quicker tempo, and amongst frontline staff.
BMC in a round issued on July 7 stated any one that thinks he was in shut contact with a affected person who examined optimistic and is a high-risk contact, no matter the age, can get examined. BMC has additionally requested ward officers in western suburbs to make use of antigen kits and conduct at the very least 250 assessments every day. Private laboratories are anticipating a surge in queries, whereas many stated they’re getting double the variety of queries now.
Metropolis, a personal laboratory in an announcement, stated, “We have witnessed an increase in queries from patients, almost double the number of daily queries. We ensure details such as symptoms or high-risk contacts are captured. Our team is geared up to handle the spike and our goal is to issue reports within 24 hours. We have the capacity to conduct a few thousand tests per day.”
Ravi Aggarwal, regional COO, SRL Diagnostics, one other laboratory concerned in conducting Covid-19 testing, stated, “It is evident that the government is now trying to adequately scale up testing – a measure that alone could hold the key to beating the outbreak. Being one of the few labs in Mumbai that has the highest testing capacity, we are well prepared to cater to the volumes which are likely to go up. We have a 24×7 operation set-up which has been further reinforced in anticipation of the increased patient flow. The process so far has been appointment-based as well as walk-ins without prior appointments, however, as we foresee an increase in volumes, we would suggest and urge patients to make prior appointments, so that we can implement social distancing norms for everyone’s benefit.”
Siddarth Paliwal, a city-based non-public well being guide, stated, “There is no doubt that daily testing has increased, but we need to scale it up. We already have 1 lakh rapid antigen kits in our hand. We should set a timeline wherein a certain number of additional tests should be conducted using these kits in the next two weeks.”
Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis , who has been criticising BMC, tweeted on Friday: “In a city like #Mumbai where 89,124 patients got diagnosed as COVID-19 positive, why is the number of daily tests so less especially when 24% of the total tests are positive? It is difficult to win the war against corona without increasing the number of tests.”
The metropolis has been witnessing circumstances between 1,000 and 1,500 each day because the final week of May. On Friday, Mumbai recorded 1,337 recent circumstances and 73 new deaths. City’s case tally rose to 90,461 whereas the toll touched 5,205. The whole variety of discharged sufferers in Mumbai is 61,934, with a restoration price of 68.46%. Further, energetic circumstances stand at 23,305. The fatality price as of Friday was 5.75% and the doubling price was 49 days. One sizzling spot that has proven indicators of drastic enchancment – Dharavi – recorded 12 new circumstances on Friday, bringing the realm’s case depend to 2,359, of which 1,952 have been discharged. Meanwhile, Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar visited the Covid-19 ward in Sion hospital on Friday and interacted with the sufferers. Pednekar additionally requested the sufferers to donate their blood plasma after restoration to avoid wasting others’ lives.