Unlock: Mumbai upgrades to level 2, but BMC says there is no loosening on sidewalks for 2 weeks
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday decided not to ease restrictions further for two more weeks, although the rate of Covid-19 positivity and occupancy of Mumbai’s oxygen beds declined as the city rose to standard. 2 unlocking.
The Maharashtra government on Friday released the first of its weekly updates on the positivity rates and oxygen bed occupancy of each district – the two metrics on which the new Tier 1-5 progressive unlock system is being used. determined.
Although Mumbai has improved enough to move from Level 3 to Level 2, City Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal issued a notification stating that the city will continue to meet the restrictions planned for Level 3, taking into account the city’s population. , daily use of local trains and the weather. prediction for the monsoon season.
“Mumbai has shown a downward trend in new cases. But we do not plan to ease further restrictions for at least the next two weeks,” said additional city commissioner Suresh Kakani.
If cases rose again in the city or if the bed occupancy rate increased, Kakani added, the civic body would again be forced to tighten restrictions. “It will create confusion and management problems in the services. We don’t want to open activities and close them again because of an increase in cases. We decided to watch the trend over the next two weeks before taking a call, ”he said.
Mumbai’s weekly positivity rate currently stands at 4.4 percent. Last week, 11,878 people tested positive out of the 2.69 lakh who underwent Covid-19 tests.
Mumbai had missed the Level 2 category tag last week because its Covid-19 positivity rate was 0.56% above the 5% limit.
The city has 3,416 occupied oxygen beds, which represents 27% of the 12,593 oxygen beds available in all hospitals. While 1,008 fans are occupied, 472 are vacant.
BMC health officer Dr Mangala Gomare said the civic body can take a call to maintain the restrictions even if it progresses from one level to another as a precaution.
Mumbai has allowed restaurants and shops to operate until 4 p.m., while shopping malls remain closed. Restaurants and non-essential stores must remain closed on weekends. Local trains can be used for medical emergencies and by women in addition to those involved in providing essential services. Offices can operate with up to 50 percent of the employees. Film and television shooting can continue in a bubble until 4 p.m.
The rules are more relaxed for level 2, but as directed, the local authority – in this case BMC.