Get tested, says BMC; defends dip in numbers

Municipal commissioner IS Chahal on Monday urged Mumbai residents to come back ahead to get themselves examined for Covid-19 at the same time as he defended the current dip within the metropolis’s testing determine, which has come underneath assault from the Opposition.

Chahal mentioned the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) will enhance the day by day testing to as much as 40,000 exams a day. Within the final couple of weeks, Mumbai has seen round 25-30,000 exams a day, a major drop compared with the primary half of April, which noticed greater than 40,000 exams per day. On April 13, as many as 56,000 exams had been performed within the metropolis.

Emphasising on the general testing fee in April, Chahal mentioned, “Our common day by day testing within the month of April, 2021 was almost 44,000 per day. (As compared) From March, 2020 to February 10, 2021, the best single-day testing stood at 24,500.”

He added, “It has been noticed that the testing figures have fallen in the previous couple of days from 50,000+to 38,000 the day earlier than (Saturday) and 28,000 (Sunday).”

Chahal mentioned that the variety of exams could have decreased as persons are themselves not getting examined. “Our aggressive testing coverage has resulted in a discount of positivity fee. This might need decreased the pure demand for house assortment of swabs by our residents in the previous couple of days,” he mentioned.

In April, Opposition chief Devendra Fadnavis had written to CM Uddhav Thackeray alleging that Mumbai’s Covid-19 numbers had been reducing as a result of the BMC had lowered the day by day testing. One other BJP MLA, Nitesh Rane, had additionally slammed the company for bringing down the variety of day by day exams.

During the last couple of weeks, Mumbai has been observing a dip in day by day Covid-19 instances after witnessing as many as 11,000 new instances in a single day on April 13. On Sunday, Mumbai recorded 3,672 new instances.

The BMC mentioned it’s going to enhance the variety of exams within the metropolis. “It has been the constant coverage of BMC to do most testing…We have to enhance the testing to 40,000 per day, a minimum of, if no more. I request residents to come back ahead and get themselves examined,” Chahal mentioned.

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