With the introduction of large-scale antigen testing in Mumbai because the final week of July, the each day common for the variety of Covid-19 checks performed within the metropolis has risen to 7,500. Regardless of the rise in testing, new circumstances have persistently remained under 1,000, which in flip has helped convey town’s positivity fee right down to 20.83%, from 21.68% in July.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC) began its jumbo antigen testing drive on July 25, below which a whole lot of frontline employees from the strong waste and police departments are being examined for Covid-19 day-after-day. As of August 4, the civic physique has performed a complete of 5,67,031 checks in Mumbai. Up to now 12 days, BMC has examined XXXX people, utilizing each antigen and reverse transcription-polymerase chain response (RT-PCR) checks. RT-PCR is taken into account the gold commonplace in testing for Covid-19.
“On three consecutive days, now we have examined greater than 10,000 folks in Mumbai. We’re nonetheless attempting to extend each day testing numbers. Together with this, we’re additionally utilizing x-ray and CT scan for analysis,” mentioned Suresh Kakani, extra commissioner, BMC.
As per knowledge from BMC, on July 27 a document variety of 11,643 folks had been examined. This was the very best variety of checks to be performed in a day because the outbreak reached town in March.
The elevated variety of checks has not seen a corresponding rise within the variety of new circumstances recorded and town’s each day Covid tally has remained under 1,000. Even on July 27, 938 new circumstances of Covid-19 had been reported. Specialists mentioned this means flattening of the pandemic’s curve in Mumbai.
“In June, we had been testing round 5,000 folks each day. A bit of the society claimed that as a result of similar testing quantity, the circumstances of recent Covid-19 an infection additionally remained fixed, under 1,300. However now, regardless that now we have doubled the testing, the brand new an infection fee is under 1,000,” mentioned Dr Shashank Joshi from the state’s Covid job power.
As town and state step by step calm down lockdown restrictions as a part of Mission Start Once more, civic officers and medical doctors are relieved to see the variety of new circumstances has plateaued. “Now, our main goal is [people in] residential buildings. We now have been given a goal of testing 400 folks each day with speedy antigen kits. As many Covid care centre (CCC) amenities are closing down, now we have determined to start out doing antigen checks at house via non-public labs,” mentioned a civic officer from R (Central) ward, which covers Borivli.