Home / News / India /  Mumbai: Random COVID-19 testing to be done at malls, restaurants and railway stations. Know details

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday informed that Rapid Antigen Testing for Covid-19 infections will be done at a random at crowded places in Mumbai in the wake of the surge in Covid-19 cases in the city. The tests would be done at malls, railway stations, bus depots, khau galli, markets, tourist places, and government offices. BMC also said, If a citizen refuses to get tested, they'd be booked under Epidemic Act.

Check the new rules enforced by BMC:

1) At each mall randomly from all visitors, at least daily 400 visitors Rapid Antigen Testing will be carried out.

2) At each railway station, randomly from all passengers at least 1000 passengers Rapid Antigen Testing will be carried out

3) At each MSRTC bus depot, randomly from all passengers at least 1000 passengers Rapid Antigen Testing will be carried out

4) In addition to these crowded places, each ward shall carry out at least 1000 Rapid Antigen Testing, from other crowded places like restaurants, khau galli, markets, tourist places, and government offices

5) The cost for the Rapid Antigen Testing at the mall shall be borne by concerned visitors. If any violator refuses to get tested and pay the charges, it would amount to an offense under Pandemic Act, 1897.

On Friday, India's financial capital logged the highest spike of 3,062 new COVID-19 cases taking its caseload to 3,55,897. Meanwhile, with 10 deaths since Thursday evening, the death toll increased to 11,565. The day before too the city had set a new record of daily cases at 2,877, but on Friday new cases crossed the 3,000-mark.

The city has recorded ten or more deaths in a day thrice this year. On January 5 and January 21, the city had reported 11 and 10 fatalities, respectively. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the city rose to 20,140.

Currently, Mumbai has 34 containment zones in slums and chawls and 305 sealed buildings where COVID-19 cases have been found.

Dharavi, the biggest slum in Mumbai, has reported 272 coronavirus cases so far in the month of March as against the entire February's infection count of 168, a rise of 62%, civic officials said on Saturday.

The spike in cases in this slum sprawl, which is spread over 2.5 sq km of area, has set alarm bells ringing for the authorities, although they say that they are better prepared this year to tackle the situation as compared to last year when the outbreak had started.

The officials said that the number of single-day cases in Dharavi, which had started steadily going up since February, has witnessed a significant jump starting this month.

(With inputs from agencies)

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