With a surge in the number of positive cases of Covid-19, some of the most crowded residential areas in Mira-Bhayandar are emerging as the new hot spots. About 667 new coronavirus cases were found in the twin city while 39 people lost their life due to coronavirus infection.
As per official data, Covid-19 cases are clustered in areas such as near Ram Bhavan, Kranti Nagar, Shiv Sena Galli, Ganesh Deval Nagar, Silver Park, Naya Nagar, Kharigaon, Sai Baba Nagar, Golden Nest area. Each of these areas has at least 10-12 cases, where transmission started with one family member and affected their close contacts. However, new coronavirus cases are emerging to more than close contact cases. Health officials said that the relaxation in the lockdown is leading to a surge in the numbers. Presently, the Covid-19 tally in the twin city stands at 857 cases. There are 285 active cases, while 528 discharged and 44 deaths recorded in Mira Bhayandar.
The spike in the cases started after Lockdown 4.0 started on May 17. With the relaxation in the total lockdown, people started moving out. Mira Bhayandar is under total lockdown since April 19. According to Commissioner MBMC Chandrakant Dange, “The main reason for the spike in the cases is because of commuting between the twin city and Mumbai. It has led to the emergence of new hot spots in this satellite city of Mumbai.
In the last one month
The Covid-19 situation in Mira Bhayandar has seen a major change this week. On May 28, the total cases breached the 600-mark, and in the last five days alone over 208 people have been tested positive. Going by the data, on May 05, the total number of confirmed cases in the city were 190 with five registered deaths.
In the last one month, the twin city has, therefore, seen a spike of 667 new coronavirus cases. A major surge has been reported in the last five days. On Wednesday, 43 positive cases were reported with a record of eight deaths. Whereas, on Thursday, it was 37 with three deaths. The biggest spike of 89 cases was seen on Sunday, as per the MBMC official data released.
Mira Bhayandar recorded the first death due to COVID-19 on April 07 of a 50-year-old man. While the second death was registered on April 08 of a 75-year-old female. Till now, 44 deaths have been registered in the twin city.
According to Health officials, more than 65% of the fresh cases are asymptomatic. More than 61% of patients recovered and send home. 100 positive patients are in isolation centre, while those with mild and severe symptoms have been admitted in designated Covid-19 hospital, COVID Care Center and other private hospitals of the twin city.”
In most of the cases, a male member of the family was infected and transmitted the virus to other family members. “We are also seeing that if one person in the family had the onset of mild symptoms and was tested positive, he/she ensured that other family members also got tested. They are also turning out to be asymptomatic but positive, due to which the numbers are rapidly increasing,” he said.
The health department is carrying out surveillance in these hot spots and shifted more than 500 people to safe places, officials said. “We have collected the samples of people with Influenza-like illness. However, we also collected their close contacts samples, who were suspected cases,” Commissioner said.