MUMBAI: A spike in Covid-19 cases in the city has resulted in sealing of 456 more buildings or floors within, in nearly two weeks. According to BMC data, on Sunday, the city had 6,416 sealed buildings or floors compared with 5,951 on June 22.
Of the cumulative total of 14,128 buildings and floors sealed in the city, 7,712 have been released Considering that Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the suburbs, the maximum number of sealed buildings or floors are in R-Central ward (Borivli, Gorai) at 761, followed by K-East (Andheri and Vile Parle east) at 728, P-North (Malad) at 516 and R-South at 478. In the island city, F-North ward (Matunga, Wadala) has the maximum number of sealed buildings or floors at 532. The total number of people currently quarantined in these buildings is 12.7 lakh.
However, the number of containment zones in the city has dropped to 747 from 770 a week ago, indicating a shift in the pattern of new cases, which are now being reported from buildings instead of slum pockets. Sanjoy Kabre, assistant municipal commissioner of P-North ward, said their strategy of localised lockdown in parts of Malad helped reduce cases in slum areas by almost 40%. “In the first week of June, there were 474 cases….t- he number came down to 247 by month-end. But now there appears to be a reverse trend, with more cases being traced to buildings,” he said.