Mumbai: Ghatkopar is new Covid hotspot with most fatalities (575) | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: The eastern suburb of Ghatkopar, or the BMC’s N ward, seems to be the new Covid hotspot, having recorded the highest number of deaths at 575 in any ward.
According to an analysis shared internally among BMC bigwigs, of the 6,645 deaths reported in the city till Saturday, N ward was at the top, followed by K East (the eastern stretch of Vile Parle-Andheri-Jogeshwari) with 460 deaths. The G North ward (Dharavi-Dadar-Mahim) – once the worst in the city – is now at the third place with 426 deaths.
The figures showed that Ghatkopar has a high mortality rate at 9% —almost double of the overall city’s rate.
Even in terms of the number of Covid cases , Ghatkopar is in the sixth position with 6,263 cases since March.
After BMC’s dashboard figures indicated the cases and deaths in N ward may have gone up recently, local BMC officials said the Epidemic Cell had miscalculated the number and added cases from other wards to Ghatkopar’s tally, which actually could be around 412. However, a senior BMC official said, “The number of deaths in Ghatkopar is high, but some of the earlier deaths have also been added to the August figure during a reconciliation exercise.” It is learnt that the local ward has raised a query in this regard with the BMC headquarters. “Cases from other wards that include parts of Ghatkopar too have been added to N ward,” said a senior official.
A similar row had arisen earlier when the BMC added 862 deaths in a day in June, with officials stating that the deaths had taken place earlier but the hospitals concerned had reported them to the Epidemic Cell, where all hospitals have to report fatalities, late. After this row, the BMC had asked all hospitals to submit details of deaths to the cell within 24 hours.
Ghatkopar MLA Parag Shah said, “Many cases are coming from buildings, but BMC is avoiding testing more people out of fear numbers may go up.” A BMC official stated, “Local political representatives requested us to get building residents tested but we are yet to decide In the past, many people were found positive in such buildings and had comorbidities which added to their problems.”



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