BMC will hold another review meeting on the current Covid-19 situation in Mumbai and ready a plan to deal with cases in specific areas and restrictions needed as an early lockdown is not a viable option at the moment.

Mumbai has reported a spike in Covid-19 cases. (PTI)

BMC will hold another review meeting on the current Covid-19 situation in Mumbai and ready a plan to deal with cases in specific areas and restrictions needed as an early lockdown is not a viable option at the moment.

BMC has hinted it is ready for a plan for specific areas and Mumbai as well, as the medical experts maintain that local area restrictions, for now, would be the best option.

Talking to India Today TV, Dr Mala V. Kaneria of Jaslok Hospital said that the current rising Covid-19 numbers are a concern for Mumbai and favoured local area restrictions.

“Cases in Mumbai have spiked in certain areas such as Chembur, Tilak Nagar etc and not uniformly in the entire city. This spike could be attributed to various factors such as opening up of the local trains for the general public, laxity on the part of citizens probably as cases were less and the arrival of the vaccine has given hope,” said Dr Kaneria.

“Also, some degree of Covid fatigue has set in. Another reason could be the arrival of international travellers and also those from Kerala. An increase in testing has also possibly contributed to this spike. We certainly don’t want a repetition of the major citywide lockdowns which had to be enforced last year, so it makes sense to impose local lockdowns in affected areas and contain the spike. If residents don’t comply with basic do’s and don’ts then BMC will be left with no other option,” added Dr Kaneria.

The doctor also said that vaccinating the vulnerable population at the earliest could be a good strategy. But she added a caution note that Covid-19 appropriate behaviour must be there even after both vaccine doses are completed. “People must understand that the vaccine is not a magic bullet that will give 100 % protection,” she adds.

BMC officers will be conducting surprise visits at various restaurants, hotels and pubs in Mumbai to see whether rules are being followed or not. BMC has already said that it is in a state of full preparedness in case the Covid-19 cases were to rise further. Experts also suggest that vaccination of the public at the earliest would be a good way forward.

Dr Prashant Borade of Global Hospitals in Mumbai said, “It’s a good decision to impose local area restrictions as the cases increase before mortality start rising again. Nobody is at fault just a laxity from the general population at large not following Covid etiquette. Lockdown in Mumbai may not be warranted yet, as the situation is still manageable with local area restrictions and by following strict mask and hand hygiene guidelines. Looking ahead, we really need to start the vaccination for the general population as soon as possible.”



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