Mumbai: Now, daily report on tracing of contacts | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: Municipal commissioner I S Chahal has told all ward officers to submit a report by 11 am every day on the progress made in tracing high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients.
Chahal recently ordered tracing of 15 high-risk contacts for every person found to be positive and their speedy isolation.
Before his order, the contact tracing ratio was under five for very Covid-19 case. Ward-level officials were found shying away from it as there were not enough quarantine beds.
The BMC has now increased the number of institutional quarantine beds to 70,000 for asymptomatic or mild symptom patients and high-risk contacts of Covid-19 patients. Fewer than half of these beds were occupied on Friday.
Despite Chahal assigning seven zones in the city to different IAS officials for better bed management and control of the disease, complaints continue. In Panjrapole, Chembur, the BMC was yet to isolate the high-risk contacts of a person who died of Covid-19 in Shatabdi Hospital on Thursday. Neighbours in the slum are worried as they and the family of the deceased share a common toilet.

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