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BKC is latest COVID hotspot in Mumbai, around 60 people who work there tested positive in past four week – Mumbai Mirror

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Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) is the latest Covid-19 hotspot in Mumbai. Around 60 people who work at BKC have tested positive for the disease in just over a month, BMC officials said. Many of them live in south Mumbai’s D ward, which includes areas such as Malabar Hill, Napean Sea Road and Tardeo, and has reported more than 100 Covid cases a day for the past three days.

Last week the BMC sealed two wings of a high-end residential building at Napean Sea Road after around 20 cases were found there in two days. Officials said that the BMC had until recently been screening people only in residential areas.

But as the city has opened up, more people are getting infected in their offices. Thus, the civic body has over the past few weeks screened around 600 people who work at BKC and tested around 100. “People who work in glass-and-steel buildings have no choice but to sit in air-conditioned offices the whole day, even while eating food. That is possibly why the infection is spreading in BKC,” said a civic health official, who did not wish to be named.

The BMC has screened and tested hundreds of people who work at BKC over the past few weeks

Prashant Gaikwad, assistant municipal commissioner of D ward, said, “Over the past few weeks, we have seen more than 50 cases that have links to BKC. Many of them work in the diamond industry. So we decided to conduct screening camps there. We screened more than 600 people in BKC and many of them turned out to be positive.” He added, “We are doing antigen testing for those who have symptoms and their high-risk contacts. Those who come to work [at BKC] can get their results before they leave for home.”

Gaikwad said that all offices and commercial complexes must get their employees tested. “As people step out to work, they are getting infected and bringing the virus back to their homes. This is what we found when we screened people at BKC. We have also started screening and testing all shopkeepers in the area,” he said.

Gaikwad added, “We have been coordinating with officials in H-East ward, where BKC is located. As soon as we find new cases, we inform officials in the wards where they live. We are also restating free Covid testing centres and conducting testing camps at housing societies and residential complexes.”

According to BMC data, D ward had 7,546 Covid cases as of September 14, 1,466 of which were active cases. The ward has so far reported 269 deaths from Covid-19. The ward’s growth rate is 1.63%, which puts it third among the city’s 24 wards. Mumbai’s average growth rate is 1.6%. While the city’s doubling rate is once every 54 days, D ward’s cases double every 43 days.