The civic body issued a statement to this effect after some messages started doing rounds on social media that immersion of idols will not be allowed at beaches in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This technology is in the initial stage and its results need to be cross-checked. Therefore we have decided to conduct this study," said Suresh Kakani, Additional Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Thackeray took stock of the situation and asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to coordinate with the police and railway authorities, health machinery and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to ensure that citizens do not face any hardships.
In a letter issued on Tuesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asked Bihar Police to use digital platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, Jio Meet, Microsoft Teams or others, for interactions in the city.
He cautioned, however, that things are "different" in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and the high number of cases there is a "cause for worry".
The death toll has mounted by 41 to 5,752, it said, adding that 36 of them were suffering from co-morbidities.
Vishwas Mote, the assistant municipal commissioner of K-West ward, which covers Andheri-West, Juhu, Versova and other areas, made this appeal in a letter to the Ganpati mandals last week.
Of them, seven, including two women, have died since around Thursday midnight, while a search and rescue operation was still on at the building crash site in south Mumbai, a business district, they said.
BMC has also sanitised the area and cordoned it off after one of two guards tested positive for COVID-19
The health ministry has also recommended tocilizumab in its national clinical guidelines, which say the drug may be considered for patients with moderate diseas
Out of these, 5.34 lakh people were identified as high-risk contacts, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
This was the second consecutive day that the number of new COVID-19 cases went past the 1,500-mark in the financial capital of the county.
"About one-third of the population of BMC area is staying in slum areas and social distancing is practically not possible because of small houses and high population density. Frequent movement of hospital staff to slum areas poses a risk of spread of the virus," a BMC statement said.
The commissioner held a meeting with hospital deans, medical experts and senior health department officials through video conference, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release.
Mumbai reported 1,365 new cases and 58 deaths since Wednesday evening, said a BMC release.
As of Wednesday, the city had reported 69,625 infection cases and a death toll of 3,962.
All cases of missing patients are from Mumbai's Malad area, which is one of the worst-affected parts in the city.
Stating that no asymptomatic COVID-19 patient shall get a hospital bed, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal said there is no need for patients to contact hospitals directly as war rooms are waiting for their calls
Chahal said that in the next 15 days, new cases will come down drastically and by July 15 we will have 100 to 200 cases per day on average.
401 COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered patients in the city to 32,257.
They were part of over 175 cancer patients, who were undergoing treatment at the facility in Worli.
IFLOWS-Mumbai has been developed as a state-of-the-art flood warning system for Mumbai to enhance the resilience of Mumbai by providing early warning for flooding specially during high rainfall events and cyclones, an official statement said.
According to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) statement, 751 patients were discharged from various city hospitals in the past 24 hours, taking the number of recoveries to 23,693.
As per the new 'Unlock 1.0' guidelines, shops in Mumbai will be allowed to stay open for the full working hours for six days in a week.
The submission was made while the court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by activists and NGOs, seeking that the state ensure uninterrupted health care for those suffering from ailments other than coronavirus.