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BMC back to sealing whole buildings in parts of suburbs – Times of India

MUMBAI: With a spike in the positivity percentage among high-risk contacts (HRCs) in Dahisar, Borivli and Kandivli, the BMC has once again decided to seal entire buildings or at least entire wings if even just one Covid-19 positive patient is found. But this has not gone down well with several residents who say that since lockdown restrictions have been eased, restricting the movements of those who live in flats or floors that are unaffected is unacceptable.
In these areas, BMC is also planning to undertake rapid antigen tests of shopkeepers, including grocers, chemists and their staff. This is because locals who are now infected have not been found to have ventured out of their areas except for purchasing essentials and medicines.
Deputy municipal commissioner of Zone 7, Vishwas Shankarwar, said BMC has found that positivity among HRCs has gone up from 20% to 40%. “This means that those living in societies were not following home quarantine norms and moving out of their homes. Also, there is a reverse trend wherein 70% of Covid-19 cases are coming from buildings and 30% from slums, unlike before. Therefore, we needed to ensure that there is no further spread by breaking the viral chain. We are also considering the past number of Covid-19 cases from a society and sealing accordingly,” he said.
Locals say the move will cause a great deal of inconvenience, especially when a society has over a 100 flats. Suresh Pujari, secretary of Viceroy Park, Dahisar, said the complex, where one Covid-19 case has been found, has 150 flats and sealing it completely is not logical.