COVID-19 in Mumbai: Four BMC wards constitute 30% of active caseload
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Four municipal wards in the western suburbs continued to record higher case figures than all the other municipalities wards. Though tese four wards have recorded a 60-70 percent drop in the number of daily active cases in the past one month.

As per the latest Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, wards K west (KW), R Central (Borivli), K East (KE) and R South (Kandivli), has 4,744 active cases which constitute to 31 percent of the total active cases in Mumbai. In the past seven days, each of these wards have been recording 45-70 new COVID-19 cases daily.

However earlier during the month of May, these four wards had been recording 160-250 cases regularly and as of May 15, these wards comprised of 12,668 cases in total.

Civic officials said that due to the high population density, these four wards continue to be on the top of the table of daily active cases.

"If we look into the figures closely, we will see that each and every ward has recorded a drop in cases by 60-70 percent in the last one month, however they continue to record higher cases than the other municipal wards", said the official.

"This is happening due to high population density. As per the trend of spread during the second wave, more than 90 percent of the cases are reported from high-rises and all the affected municipal wards have higher numbers of residents living at high-rise buildings", the official added.

At present the KE, KW and RS wards have a growth rate of 0.10 percent, while RC has a growth rate of 0.11 percent which is higher than the average growth rate of Mumbai. At present, Mumbai has a growth rate of 0.09 percent.

Meanwhile there are zero Micro Containment Zones (MCZ) or sealed buildings in RN and RS wards, in KW there are 21 MCZs while in PN there are six MCZs. However each of these wards have more than 300 floors in high rises that are presently sealed by civic officials.

According to the BMC rules, if there are more than five Covid-19 cases reported from a building, then the entire building will be sealed or else only the floors from where the cases are reported are to be sealed.

The officials said that when the second wave was at peak between March and April, cases were being reported in clusters that led to more MCZs in the city.

"Now all the fresh cases are being reported in a scattered manner, in every family there are one or two cases which is why we need to seal the floors instead of sealing the entire building,", the official said.

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