Photos: Mumbai’s post Diwali Covid-19 situation under control, says BMC

UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 06:24 PM IST
People watch a game of football being played at Juhu Beach in Mumbai on December 1. A rise in infections in the Maharshtra capital without a sharp spike, suggests the Covid-19 situation is in control post Diwali, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, HT reported. There remains however, a need to monitor it till mid-December. (Vijayanand Gupta / HT Photo)
Health department workers interact with a shopkeeper during a door to door survey in Mumbai on December 1. The city has recorded a sharp decline new cases month-on-month. Between November 1 and 28, 23,476 cases were reported, compared to 46,620 cases during the same period in October. (Kunal Patil / PTI)
BMC medical staff thermal screening travellers arriving from Gujarat at Dadar Station in Mumbai on December 1. According to BMC health data, 3.68 lakh tests were conducted between October 1 and 28, compared to 3.48 lakh tests in the same period during November. In the same period, the case positivity rate also came down from 12% to 6%. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
Traveller wait their turn to give swab samples for Covid-19 screening at Dadar Station on December 1. Despite such improvements in key statistics, the daily number of Covid-19 cases for Mumbai has risen to 1,000, from the range of 500 earlier this month before Diwali, HT reported. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)
Morning walkers and joggers out at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai on November 28. “In the past 15 days, the testing has gone up, and we have also witnessed a little surge in the daily cases being reported. With the increase in testing, we will have to wait and watch at least till December 15 to understand better the post-Diwali surge,” a BMC official told HT. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)
Health workers walk past beds at a new post Covid-19 OPD Center run by the BMC at NESCO in Mumbai on November 30. Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner of BMC, told HT, “The testing went down in first half of November, but has improved in the second half. The next few weeks are crucial as we aim to maximise testing by setting up 244 testing centres and taking other initiatives to test citizens.” (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
Devotees wearing masks and keeping physical distance, attend Sunday mass at a church in Mumbai on November 29. Despite official claims and the relaxations, there remains a need for caution. Dr Siddarth Paliwal, a city-based doctor, told HT, “Cases might have gone down because testing has also gone down. The positivity rate may have gone down due to increased use of rapid antigen kits, which have lower positivity rate in comparison to RT-PCR kits.” (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)
Members of an NGO and the general public take part in a cleanup activity along the Mithi river at Mahim Causeway in Mumbai on November 29. “I do not feel there is any period in the coming days that is crucial. All I can say that until we have a vaccine, everything is crucial. We have to continue with our Covid-19-appropriate behavior,” Dr. Paliwal warned. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

People watch a game of football being played at Juhu Beach in Mumbai on December 1. A rise in infections in the Maharshtra capital without a sharp spike, suggests the Covid-19 situation is in control post Diwali, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials, HT reported. There remains however, a need to monitor it till mid-December. (Vijayanand Gupta / HT Photo)

Health department workers interact with a shopkeeper during a door to door survey in Mumbai on December 1. The city has recorded a sharp decline new cases month-on-month. Between November 1 and 28, 23,476 cases were reported, compared to 46,620 cases during the same period in October. (Kunal Patil / PTI)

BMC medical staff thermal screening travellers arriving from Gujarat at Dadar Station in Mumbai on December 1. According to BMC health data, 3.68 lakh tests were conducted between October 1 and 28, compared to 3.48 lakh tests in the same period during November. In the same period, the case positivity rate also came down from 12% to 6%. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Traveller wait their turn to give swab samples for Covid-19 screening at Dadar Station on December 1. Despite such improvements in key statistics, the daily number of Covid-19 cases for Mumbai has risen to 1,000, from the range of 500 earlier this month before Diwali, HT reported. (Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

Morning walkers and joggers out at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai on November 28. “In the past 15 days, the testing has gone up, and we have also witnessed a little surge in the daily cases being reported. With the increase in testing, we will have to wait and watch at least till December 15 to understand better the post-Diwali surge,” a BMC official told HT. (Satish Bate / HT Photo)

Health workers walk past beds at a new post Covid-19 OPD Center run by the BMC at NESCO in Mumbai on November 30. Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner of BMC, told HT, “The testing went down in first half of November, but has improved in the second half. The next few weeks are crucial as we aim to maximise testing by setting up 244 testing centres and taking other initiatives to test citizens.” (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)

Devotees wearing masks and keeping physical distance, attend Sunday mass at a church in Mumbai on November 29. Despite official claims and the relaxations, there remains a need for caution. Dr Siddarth Paliwal, a city-based doctor, told HT, “Cases might have gone down because testing has also gone down. The positivity rate may have gone down due to increased use of rapid antigen kits, which have lower positivity rate in comparison to RT-PCR kits.” (Francis Mascarenhas / REUTERS)

Members of an NGO and the general public take part in a cleanup activity along the Mithi river at Mahim Causeway in Mumbai on November 29. “I do not feel there is any period in the coming days that is crucial. All I can say that until we have a vaccine, everything is crucial. We have to continue with our Covid-19-appropriate behavior,” Dr. Paliwal warned. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on the basis of an averted spike in cases have suggested that the megacity’s Covid-19 situation is in control in the post Diwali period. Data shows that the city has seen sharp fall in month on month Covid-19 cases from October to November. Health experts however say that the dip may be a result of a drop in testing and adoption of antigen tests over RT-PCR kits. Mumbai has most recently reported 724 new coronavirus cases on December 1, whereas the number of daily deaths fell to nine after a gap of seven months. The tally of Covid-19 cases in the city is now at 2,84,184 and the death toll at 10,819.

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