Mumbai: A BMC health worker collects swab sample of a passenger for COVID-19 test, at a station in Mumbai, Friday, July 2, 2021. Indias official death toll from the coronavirus crossed 4,00,000.
Mumbai: A BMC health worker collects swab sample of a passenger for COVID-19 test, at a station in Mumbai, Friday, July 2, 2021. Indias official death toll from the coronavirus crossed 4,00,000.
(PTI Photo)

MUMBAI: A slight spike in the daily case tally of two municipal wards in the western suburbs was observed in the last week of June. According to civic data, daily cases in the K west (Andheri, Juhu, Versova) and H west (Bandra west, Santacruz west, Khar) wards have doubled in the last two weeks. From June 13 to June 20, K west ward had been reporting 45-60 cases daily and H west 20-35 cases.

But the latest BMC data shows that between June 25 and July 1, K west has been recording 70-90 cases daily while for H west, this number has gone up to 40-50 cases. The doubling rate in these wards too has fallen in the same period, from 582 days on June 18 (K west) to 507 days on July 1. For H west, this number was 634 days on June 18 and has fallen to 630 days on July 1.

According to senior officials of the civic body, the sudden rise in number of cases has caused due to the relaxation of the phases. The officials however said that more than 80 percent of these patients are asymptomatic and have been kept at home isolation.

"Even though the case tally in these wards have shown a spice, there has been no increase in demand in hospital beds," said a senior official of the civic health department.

"Most of the people in these live in high rises and as per the trend of the virus, very few cases are being reported from slums compared to buildings," said the official.

Vishwas Mote - assistant municipal commissioner and in-charge of KW ward has said that being a high-footfall area, the case tally has shown a rise post relaxing of the curbs.

"KW is one of the densely populated wards and is also a major commercial area as the Hindi Film Industry is also situated here. Due to these reasons, there has been an increase in movement after the relaxation of norms, which eventually has lead to the spread," Mote told FPJ. He also maintained that in his ward, vaccination is happening aggressively.

"Compared to last year, the spike is not very high, things are very much under control and we have also ramped up the vaccination to ensure maximum people get covered," said Mote.

Active cases on KW :- 985

Active cases on HW :- 372

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