Mumbai: In 2 weeks, daily COVID-19 cases double in Andheri and Bandra

The daily case tally in two key municipal wards of the western suburbs recorded a slight spike in the last week of June. As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, the daily case tally in K-West ward (Andheri, Juhu, Versova) and H-West ward (Bandra West, Santacruz West, Khar) doubled in the last two weeks.

Between June 13 and June 20, the KW ward recorded 45-60 cases daily, while the HW ward recorded 20-35 cases daily. As per the latest BMC data, between June 25 and July 1, KW recorded 70-90 cases daily, while HW recorded 40-50 cases daily.

However, BMC officials said more than 80% of these cases are asymptomatic and in home isolation. Assistant municipal commissioner and in-charge of KW ward, Vishwas Mote said these wards are high-footfall areas, so lifting some curbs could have caused the spike.

A senior BMC official said, “Even though the case tally in these wards has shown a spike, there has been no rise in demand for hospital beds.” He said most of these people live in high-rises and very few cases are being reported from slums.

The doubling rate of these wards, though, fell in the aforementioned timeline. The KW ward, which had a doubling period of 582 days on June 18 had a doubling period of 507 days on July 1. The HW ward, which had a doubling period of 634 days on June 18, recorded a doubling period of 630 days on July 1.

Mote told Free Press Journal, “KW is one of the densely populated wards and is also a major commercial area as the Hindi film industry is located here.” He maintained that vaccination is being conducted aggressively in these areas.

Mote said the spike is not very high as compared to last year. “Things are under control and we have also ramped up the vaccination to ensure maximum people get covered,” he said.

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