Coronavirus in Mumbai: 857 cases, 381 areas sealed, masks made mandatory

Mumbai: Number of Coronavirus cases has reached 1,297 in Maharashtra. Of these, 60% of cases are in Mumbai amounting to 857 infections. On Thursday, nine deaths were reported from Mumbai, and 79 new cases were added. The number of cases in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region surged by 143 between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Areas of Worli, Dharavi, Andheri and Jogeshwari emerged as Coronavirus hot spots. Given the developments, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has decided to conduct rapid testing. The Central government has approved the proposal. Along with Mumbai, masks have been made compulsory even in Pune, while visiting any public places. A total of 381 locations in Mumbai were declared as containment zones.  

Since the last two days, Mumbai has recorded 100 new cases per day, and the number of cases is expected to rise in the city in the next few days dangerously. Therefore, strict measures are being implemented in Mumbai. The areas that are reporting cases are being sealed off. So far, 381 locations have been declared as containment zones. As of 31st of March, 141 sites were declared as containment zones. The number of such zones spiked by more than 200 in the last eight days. The civilian movement in these zones has been entirely restricted.  

In Worli, 55 new infections were reported. Dharavi reported its third death on Thursday taking the number of cases in the area to 13. Because of the population density in Dharavi, all except chemist shops will remain closed as per instructions of the union government. Life essentials will be delivered to people’s homes. These measures are being taken to stop the community spread. A decision is under consideration to impose similar restrictions on 21 more areas. Curfew may be imposed in those areas soon.  

After Jaslok and Wockhardt hospitals, regular services have been closed in Bhatia Hospital as well. The nurses and medical staff in the hospital were found to be infected with Coronavirus. After Coronavirus patients were found admitted to the Khar’s Hinduja Hospital as also Breach Candy Hospital, both the hospitals were temporarily closed for regular services. 

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