Two more tested positive on Saturday, tally reaches 32
The Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has become the first Corporation from the Maharashtra state to start samples testing of suspected COVID-19 cases in private laboratories — Metropolis and Thyrocare — and borne the testing cost. The decision came after the Apex Court interim order passed to free the testing at the private laboratories. However, two more tested positive for coronavirus in twin city on Saturday, taking the total number of cumulative COVID-19 cases to 32.
Mira-Bhayandar does not have any civic or government testing labs and all swab samples collected are sent for testing either at Kasturba Hospital Chinchpokli or Haffkine Lab in Parel. Now, the MBMC authority has tied up with two private labs — Metropolis lab and Thyrocare — for testing samples at a faster rate.
The private laboratory charges Rs 4,500 per piece for testing, however, it is free of cost at the government laboratories.
“We have decided to bear the cost of testing samples in private labs as the samples in the government lab are piling up. It takes more than one week for results to come up. During this period, the suspected go with mental agony in the quarantine cell,” said Chandrakant Dange, Commissioner, MBMC.
In an authorised private lab, it takes day or two for the results to come up. “This will help to faster results and release the suspect after negative results for home quarantine. And start the proper treatment of the coronavirus infected person here. Two samples have been sent to these labs for testing on Saturday,” said Dange.
Moreover, the congregation of a large number of people at quarantine centres for an extended period also puts the burden on the health officials in the form of their upkeep and hygiene.
Emergency Meeting Called
A meeting was called on Saturday at the MBMC Headquarters where, Mayor Jyotsana Hasnale, Deputy Mayor Hasmukh Gehlot, SPDO of Bhayander Shashikant Bhosle, SDPO of Mira Road Shantaram Walvi, all the Divisional Officer of MBMC and MBMC senior officials were present in the meeting. However, both the local assembly members – Geeta B Jain(Independent) and Pratap Sarnaik(Shiv Sena) — were not invited in the meeting called by the Mayor.
Two more tested positive for coronavirus in twin city on Saturday, taking the total number of cumulative COVID-19 cases to 32.
The 20-year-old man, a resident of Pooja Nagar in Mira Road(East) and a 37-year-old male from Shiv Sena Gali in Bhayandar(West) were admitted to the isolation ward of the Pandit Bhimsen Joshi Government Hospital(designated COVID-19 Hospital) was tested positive, informed the Commissioner of MBMC, Chandrakant Dange.
Two corona patients were recovered and discharged from the hospitals but are in observation. Two have died. There are still 28 positive cases from the area.