INDIA. Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its fresh orders for Mumbai on Friday said that given the density of population, heavy rainfall prediction, and influx of migrants, the city would be kept at ‘Level 3’ of COVID-19 restrictions being followed across Maharashtra.
The same restrictions will continue across the city, which is to see no fresh relaxations in curbs for now. The decision comes even as many cities like Pune and Nagpur are set to open up further owing to a decline in cases. Maharashtra has announced a five-step unlock plan. Under the guidelines, the state’s districts have been divided into five levels – based on weekly positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancies. Under the first level, districts with less than a five percent positivity rate and below 25 percent oxygen bed occupancy have been allowed to unlock fully with no restrictions. All restaurants, malls, salons, movie theatres, shops can open in the said districts under level 1.
The second level
The second level is for districts that have less than five percent positivity and oxygen bed occupancy of 25 to 40 percent. Shops can reopen in districts under level 2. But malls, restaurants, gymnasiums, salons have been allowed partial relaxations. Marriages and gatherings with a capacity of 50% have also been permitted. In level 2 districts, offices can also reopen with full capacity.
The level 3
The districts with a positivity rate of 5 to 10% and 40-60% oxygen bed occupancy will be classified as level 3. Under the level-3 restrictions, both essential and non-essential shops are allowed to remain open till 4 PM, but malls, theatres, and multiplexes remain closed. Only essential services staff and government staff are permitted to travel on suburban local trains.
The number of positive cases has been showing variations in Maharashtra. Total deaths till now-1,00,403 (Death rate 1.81 per cent). Overall case load-58,87,853. Total recovered-56,16,857 ( Recovery rate -95.4 per cent). New patients: on June 10- 12,000, on June 11-11766, Deaths-June 10 and June 11-273, Patients recovered on June11- 8104. Total samples tested-3,76,11,005, the patients tested positive-58,78,853 (positivity rate- 15.65 per cent). Total home quarantined-10,04,770, Institutional quarantine- 6024.
The vaccination by the BMC
Till now nearly 39 lakh patients have been vaccinated by the BMC after the drive began on January 16, 2021 in Mumbai. Since many patients get vaccinated at private centres, to ensure that these centres do not overcharge, the BMC has fixed the vaccination rates as Covishield-Rs 780, Covaxin-Rs 1410, and Sputnik V-Rs 1145 per dose. It has also decided to take strict action against the centres indulging in overcharging.
A booklet for medical management
In the meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday released a reference book “Medical Management of COVID- 19- The MCGM Experience”. Guardian Minister Aditya Thackeray, Mayor Kishori Pednekar, BMC’s Standing Committee Chairman Yashwant Jadhav, COVID-19 Taskforce member Dr. Shashank Joshi, Doctors- Mohan Joshi, Ramesh Bharmal, Alok Sharma, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal, and Additional MC Suresh Kakani were present.
The book contains valuable information about a diagnosis, treatment, updated research, and new methods of medical treatment in general and the coronavirus in particular. The book will be useful to medical students as well as medical professionals, Thackeray said.