Saturday, October 16, 2021

No significant rise in COVID-19 cases in Mumbai due to measures taken during Ganesha Utsav: BMC

The decision of the BMC and Maharashtra government to not allow physical darshan of Ganesha idols by visiting the public pandals has fructified as there has not been a significant rise in COVID-19 in Mumbai.

A series of measures were taken by the BMC to reduce the crowding while welcoming and bidding adieu to lord Ganesha, one of them was not allowing physical darshan to devotees by visiting the pandals.

Although, the daily caseload of the city has been ranging between 350-450 since past one week or so, however, the civic administration feels that it is not a worrying trend.

Additional BMC commissioner, Suresh Kakani while talking to AIR said that one of the main reasons for the rise in these numbers in scaling up testing in the city.

He said, 45-50 thousand tests are being done in the city on weekdays. Mr. Kakani however said that on weekends especially on Sundays less testing is reported as people do not come out of their houses.

He said, a few days ago, Mumbai had reported around 500 plus cases which is gradually declining now.

Meanwhile, with the 10-day festival culminating tomorrow, the Mumbai police has beefed up security across various beaches in the city to prevent any untoward incident.

The administration has prohibited taking out of processions and while carrying out the immersion of idols installed in public pandals there should not be more than 10 persons and all of them have to adhere to the COVID-19 protocol and all ten of them have to be fully vaccinated.

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