Surge in Covid-19 cases: Thane Municipal Corporation reviews preparedness

THANE: The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) commissioner has chaired a meeting in the wake of rising coronavirus cases.
“We are closely monitoring the rise of corona patients and an increase in positivity rate which has gone up to 5 per cent from 2.5 per cent,” said the TMC chief Bipin Sharma.
The meeting was held with the stakeholders and the police department to review the current status, preparedness for the management of Covid.
Sharma said there was no ‘corona wave’ at present and things would be clear once a week and 10 days trend of positive cases will be considered.
“There are certain wards under our scanner and continuously being monitored. Fever survey has already been commenced to identify the patients and the doctors have been instructed to take fever patients with utmost care.”
The civic chief added that it was premature to comment on anything related to imposing lockdown in the city.
He said the numbers which were around 80-90 had all of a sudden crossed 200 on February 18.
“One does not know if the second wave is coming and the positivity will increase and hence we are activating all our facilities with immediate effect,” Sharma added.
Various measures are being taken to curb the spike. The covid war room and ambulance services are active.
The Global hospital of the civic body has now 226 ICU beds. The parking plaza near Jupiter houses nearly 1,177 beds, including 196 ICU beds and 961 oxygen beds.
Private hospitals will be asked to turn it into Covid hospitals.
There is absolutely no shortage of oxygen, the municipal commissioner said.
Simultaneously, the death audit is under way and the testing rate would be increased to 5,500 from 4,442.
Sharma said, “The city was well prepared to meet any eventuality and had sufficient beds, oxygens and also ventilators and the facility will be scaled up as per need. Also, the testing facilities will be increased and the private labs have also been instructed to go ahead with the testing.”
He asked citizens to strictly follow to follow covid preventive measures — masks, hand sanitisation and social distancing.

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