According to BMC, 38 new coronavirus positive cases being detected in Dharavi here on Tuesday, the number of the infected patients in the slum colony has risen to 1,621.No fresh death is reported from Dharavi where 60 people have so far succumbed to the infection, the highest number of nine cases were found in Matunga Labour Camp locality.
Keeping the grave conditions in mind, state health ministry has reiterated its appeal to the people to follow hand hygiene and social distancing norms to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection. In a series of tweets, the Ministry has stressed that as a part of the new normal, people should always follow social distancing norms and wash their hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The ministry said, spitting in public is a punishable offence and it increases the risk of spread of of the coronavirus. Health ministry has also urged people to wear face-covers to protect themselves and break the chain of corona outbreak. It has also asked people to share authentic information and encourage people if they develop symptoms to get tested. Stigma can discourage people from seeking immediate help and contribute to more severe health problems.Adding,maintaining do gaj ki doori is important to ensure everyone's security. People should avoid touching their hands, nose and mouth.
They should also refrain from consuming smokeless tobacco products and spitting as it will not only improve the level of basic hygiene but will also prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra are now doubling over a period of 14 days unlike every three days earlier and the death rate has been brought down to 3.25 per cent from 7.6 per cent in April. Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said in a press conference held online that in last 24 hours. The death toll due to COVID-19 in the state rose to 1,792 while the tally of coronavirus cases reached 54,758.
Chief Secretary said that 75,000 beds have been kept ready in Mumbai, which has emerged as the hotspot of the disease, and “Chase The Virus” mission is being implemented for contact tracing in the country's financial capital. He said at present, 72 laboratories are operational in Maharashtra and added 27 new laboratories will be operational in the state. He said there are 16,000 surveillance squads in the state and 66 lakh people have been surveyed till now.
Additionally, principal secretary of health department Pradeep Vyas said 2.70 lakh isolation beds are available for patients. He said that 20 per cent of the patients in the state need oxygen and 10 per cent need the intensive care units.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal informed that a dashboard is being prepared where the availability of beds in Mumbai will be uploaded after every half an hour.