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Will there be a lockdown in Mumbai? Municipal commissioner says THIS

Will there be a lockdown in Mumbai? Municipal commissioner says THIS | Information

Mumbai: Will there be a lockdown or not? This has been a query Mumbaikars have been pondering upon, like residents in lots of different components of the nation, over the previous few days. Municipal commissioner Iqbal Chahal has at present (January 7) mentioned that not less than for now, that is not the plan. There is not any speedy want for imposing lockdown or extra restrictions in Mumbai because the mattress occupancy price, oxygen requirement and variety of COVID-19 deaths are low, feels Chahal.
Speaking to a Marathi information channel, Chahal mentioned that through the first and second wave the choice to impose lockdown was taken on the premise of case positivity price, however this criterion can’t be utilized for the third wave which began from December 21, 2021. No additional restrictions had been wanted to be imposed on journey by native trains as solely absolutely vaccinated persons are being allowed to board the trains, he mentioned.
“The criterion within the first and second wave was the positivity price. However on this wave of Omicron variant of the virus, two new standards ought to be occupancy of hospital beds and oxygen requirement,” Chahal mentioned. The administration has to this point imposed only some restrictions corresponding to ban on meeting of 5 or extra individuals throughout evening time and shutting of faculties within the metropolis, he mentioned.
Of over 20,000 individuals who examined optimistic for coronavirus in Mumbai on Thursday, just one,180 had been hospitalised and 110 had been on oxygen assist, the BMC chief mentioned. As many as 5,900 out of 35,000 hospital beds are occupied at current, he mentioned. “Not less than 83 per cent beds are at present vacant and oxygen requirement just isn’t even 10 per cent. Throughout the second wave, we used 235 MT oxygen (per day). Contemplating these elements, there isn’t any want for lockdown within the present scenario,” Chahal mentioned.
“Lockdown can’t be imposed solely on the premise of numbers (COVID-19 instances). It will depend on what number of beds are vacant in our hospitals, how a lot oxygen is required and what number of deaths are going down. These are extra essential,: he added.
He conceded that since December 21 final yr the positivity price has gone up considerably. However within the final 16 days, the town recorded solely 17 deaths. Lively instances have crossed one lakh, however the dying price is just one per day, he mentioned. “We’re preserving a detailed eye on the scenario. I personally evaluation issues three to 4 occasions a day,” the commissioner mentioned. Solely unvaccinated Omicron sufferers are seen to be requiring oxygen assist, he famous.
The civic physique chief, nevertheless, warned towards complacency. Omicron an infection just isn’t like flu however it’s a virus, he mentioned, urging folks to comply with COVID-19 applicable behaviour and use masks. When an individual exams optimistic utilizing a self-testing equipment, the data will get up to date on the ICMR’s web site and thru it, the BMC will get data, Chahal mentioned.
On Thursday, 3,800 folks in Mumbai used self-testing kits and 288 of them got here out optimistic. This quantity was included within the every day tally, he mentioned, including that the civic physique too has ramped up testing from 40,000 to 70,000 samples per day.
(With PTI inputs)
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