Mumbai: 5-star hotels to turn into COVID centres amid surge in cases

Authorities in Mumbai on Monday decided to turn some 4-star and 5-star hotels as COVID centres in the city
Mumbai: 5-star hotels to turn into COVID centres amid surge in cases
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Mumbai: Struggling hard with the rising COVID-19 patient load, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday decided to turn some 4-star and 5-star hotels as COVID centres in the city.

IS Chahal, Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai said that some 4-star and 5-star hotels in the city and suburbs are being requested immediately to turn into COVID Care Centre for coronavirus positive patients.

"These will be dovetailed and run by professionals from major private hospitals. It will make a large number of beds available to new needy patients by shifting substantially recovered patients quickly to these CCC2 facilities to be managed by medicos," Chahal told IANS.

As Maharashtra continues to record a sharp rise in the spread of novel contagion, the government has also decided to form three jumbo field hospitals in Mumbai in the next five-six weeks, Iqbal Singh Chahal informed. “Each of these medical facilities will have a capacity of 2,000 beds, including 200 ICU beds and 70 per cent oxygen beds. They will be set up at three different locations,” Chahal was quoted as saying by PTI.

This will take the number of such Jumbo Field Hospitals as mega-COVID care facilities from 7 to 10 in Mumbai in the next few weeks.

The number of ICU beds in Mumbai city has been increased to 2,466, with 325 new beds deployed in various hospitals, according to BMC Chief. The civic body has also decided to appoint nodal officers for more proactive working of the 24 ward war rooms and the jumbo field hospitals from 11 pm to 7 am, Chahal informed.

STEEP RISE IN CASES

On Sunday, Mumbai reported 9,986 new cases of the contagion and 79 deaths, which took its caseload to 5,20,498 and death tally to 12,023.

Meanwhile, a 54-year-old Mumbai Police officer from Vakola Police Station lost his life after battling COVID-19. According to Mumbai Police, the officer was admitted to BKC Jumbo COVID centre for treatment. Till date, 101 police personnel have died due to COVID so far, Mumbai Police said.

According to the official data, currently, there are 92,464 active COVID-19 cases in the MMR. Meanwhile, Maharashtra on Sunday recorded its highest-ever single-day spike of COVID cases as the state added 63,294 new infections, taking the caseload to 34,07,245.

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COVID-19: Maharashtra records over 63,000 cases, highest single-day spike since pandemic began

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