Twenty-one new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Mira-Bhayandar, which has spiked the number of positive cases (cumulative) to 286 on Thursday. However, 10 people have been recovered from COVID-19.
Out of the twenty-one cases, eleven cases have been reported from Ganesh Deval Nagar, Bhayandar West, which is a slum area. This has raised the worries of Mira-Bhayandar officials, according to the sources. While ten cases are closed contact of old positive patients, one has been newly discovered who is an autorickshaw driver from Mumbai. Three cases are reported from Bhayandar (East) while seven cases are reported from Mira Road.
With Thursday’s figures, the total number of positive cases in the municipal corporation area has gone up to 286, while the recovery remains as high as 172. There are 107 active cases in the area at present while 7 persons have succumbed to the virus infection so far.
On Thursday, a group of 10 persons were discharged from hospitals following treatment. In which, one doctor from Mira Road also discharged after completely recovered. However, the recovery rate of the twin city is 60.13 per cent which is much higher than a country average of 35 per cent. Even a doubling rate of the case reached to 20 days from 2 days earlier.
After witnessing single-digit positive cases following the imposition of a total shutdown on April 20, the MBMC had recorded a sudden hike in the number of cases, with 33 cases recorded on Friday. According to sources, “Most of the cases, which are coming up now are either employee working in Mumbai or their closed relatives.”
Shutdown and open
To prevent virus spread, the MBMC administration has given another five-day extension to the complete lockdown as the rigid containment exercise will continue till the midnight of May 17. Grocery stores, bakery and supermarkets were shut down completely in the jurisdiction. While given some relaxation to the fishing community and allowed them to operate from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Ground’s footpath in Bhayandar (west) from 5 am to 9 am till May 17.