Medical doctors check the temperature of Dharavi resident
Amid prevalent chaos and uncertainty over access to the essential services and commodities during the lockdown, we bring you the latest updates from Mumbai.
* Number of sealed buildings rises by 508 to reach 2,275
The number of sealed buildings in the city has increased to 2,275 (as of Thursday) from 1,767 earlier in the week. The number of containment zones has dipped slightly to 669 from 674. BMC revised its protocol on Monday, saying only the floor in a building where a Covid case is found be sealed (instead of the entire building) if officials are satisfied that it would be sufficient to stop viral spread
* Free Taj meal deal ends, civic body, hospitals scurry to feed doctors, nurses
As the last truck of Tata Trust delivering food pulled out of KEM Hospital on Tuesday, several healthcare workers expressed their gratitude by clapping. Taj Public Service Welfare Trust, a philanthropic arm of the Indian Hotels Company, has offered more than three lakh meals to the frontline healthcare workers at seven city Covid-19 hospitals since March 23.
As the agreement with the trust for providing meal boxes came to an end after two months, the BMC scurried to arrange meals for its medical staff in the coming days. Worried about BMC’s arrangements for their next meals, the resident doctors have also decided to chip in. While the hospitals are trying to get their canteens fully functional, representatives of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) are trying to reach out to NGOs and alternative sources.
* Update at 11.08am: Maharashtra home minister warns of strict action against cybercriminals, reports ANI.
Maharashtra has decided to take strict action against cybercriminals in a bid to curb fake and objectionable messages on social media.
The state has witnessed an increase in cases of cybercrimes since the imposition of lockdown.
According to the home minister, social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok are being used by some people to spread hate messages and for promoting crimes against women.
* The BMC on Friday finally issued orders allowing home delivery of liquor during the lockdown; across-thecounter sale remains barred.
Deliveries will not be allowed in containment zones, or areas where a Covid-19 patient or his high-risk contacts live.
While the order permits shops to operate from Friday midnight, a retail liquor vendors’ association said its members would be able to implement it only from Sunday as they need an excise pass for staff, transport vehicles, and a goahead from collectors. The shops may also tie-up with e-commerce platforms for the purpose.
* The city’s toll breached the 900 mark even as cases continued to rise by over a thousand for the sixth consecutive day. On Friday, 1,751 cases — the highest single-day rise — were registered. The only silver lining was that it recorded 27 deaths as against 41 on the two preceding days, taking the toll to 909.
* Doctors at Rajawadi Hospital, Ghatkopar, were faced with a peculiar dilemma when they received a body with a pacemaker on Friday morning. The man had died at home, but nobody was willing to remove the pacemaker, as his Covid status was unknown. In regular circumstances, any doctor would have made a tiny cut and removed the device before cremation, but Covid-19 makes things tricky.
* In order to reduce waiting time of patients for ambulances, the BMC has decided to make use of the technology platform of app cabs so that it can track the movement of government ambulances realtime and despatch them quickly where they are needed.
Civic officials said operators of app-based cabs would provide the BMC with a copy of their existing technology platforms after making suitable modifications in keeping with its needs. “We will use the software to monitor the location of ambulances and divert the nearest ones to attend to patients,” additional civic chief P Velrasu said. Such monitoring, officials said, would speed up the process of ferrying patients to hospitals and back home and of moving asymptomatic patients and high-risk contacts.