BMC data has revealed that the number of COVID-19 patients under institutional quarantine has also gone down by 62 percent over the past month.
With Mumbai’s coronavirus curve gradually plateauing, the number of COVID-19 patients under home quarantine has declined 28 percent in the past month. At the same time, the number of COVID-19 patients under institutional quarantine has fallen by 62 percent.
As per data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on July 4 – which is roughly a month ago – 2,46,870 people were under home quarantine. This figure decreased to 1,78,740 on August 4. The number of coronavirus patients quarantined at private institutions at that time was 12,374, which decreased drastically to 4,674, by August 4.
As most COVID-19 cases being reported at the moment are coming from residential buildings, BMC is stressing on home quarantine. Because of the decreasing number of COVID-19 patients being sent to institutional quarantine, more than 90 percent COVID Care Centres (CCC) are lying vacant. Hindustan Times reported that the Mumbai civic body has, in fact, instructed ward officers to shut down vacant CCCs.
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Commenting on this, Suresh Kakani, Additional Commissioner, BMC, said: “Earlier, we were getting infected cases from slums and had to isolate them at other places. We had rented out hundreds of vacant places to keep them under institutional quarantine. But now, with the recovery in slums, the load on CCCs has decreased.”
Mumbai saw nearly 60 percent of CCC-1 and CCC-2 beds occupied by asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients and high-risk contacts till June. At present, 92 percent of these beds are lying vacant. The same pattern has been noted in CCC facilities as well. Of the 72,656 beds in CCC facilities, only 6,065 beds are occupied at the moment.Follow our coverage of the coronavirus crisis here