In wake of the possible third wave of COVID-19, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has increased Covid19 testing. Except for Sundays, the civic body has been conducting around 8000 tests per day.
NMMC is taking a number of measures as part of the preparation for the possible third wave. Last week, one of the five oxygen generator plants started functioning at a civic hospital in Vashi. The remaining oxygen generators will start functioning by July end.
According to a senior civic official, the civic body has increased the number of testing to ensure that the maximum number of people are tested in time and isolated if they are found positive for COVID-19. “We are also stressing on contact tracing and at least 32 people are traced to the infected person”, said the official.
The number of new cases had dropped to around 50, however, it again reached between 100 and 150. “This is due to the increased number of testing,” said the official.
As per the data shared by the civic health department, till June 5, the civic body already conducted a total of 12,05,266 tests for COVID 19 of which 5,38,683 tests were RT-PCR and the remaining 6,66,583 tests were Rapid Antigen tests.
So far, a total of 1,01,347 people found positive with an overall 8.4 percent positivity rate.
Of the total 1,01,347 positive cases of COVID, 97,915 recovered and discharged. At present, the total number of active cases in the city is 1667. However, since last year, a total of 1765 people lost their lives due to infection of COVID 19.
The civic body set up its own testing lab for RT-PCR test in Nerul hospital with a capacity to carry out up to 1000 tests per day. There was a time when the civic body conducted over 4000 tests per day including Antigen testing. The civic body also saved a huge amount of money by setting up its own lab as it saved around Rs 1200 to Rs 1500 in per test from market costs.