Mumbai Plans Random Testing Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases
Commuters wearing protective masks exit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Mumbai Plans Random Testing Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases

The Mumbai city administration will begin random testing for the Covid-19 virus amid rising cases.

On Friday, the city recorded 3,063 new cases, taking the total active cases to 20,140.

In a circular on Saturday, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai said random rapid antigen testing will be conducted at crowded places like malls, khau gallis, railway stations for inbound trains, MSRTC bus depots, markets, tourist places, restaurants and government offices.

  • Testing will be done without consent of citizens who are present at these crowded places.

  • If a citizen refuses to test, it would amount to an offence.

  • At each mall randomly rapid antigen tests will be carried out on at least 400 visitors.

  • At each railway station (inbound trains) and MSRTC bus depot randomly rapid antigen tests will be carried out on at least 1,000 passengers, respectively.

  • At crowded places in each ward randomly 1,000 rapid antigen tests will be carried out.

  • Cost incurred for carrying out rapid antigen tests at malls will be borne by the individuals.

  • In case individuals refuse to comply, it will amount to an offence under the Epidemic Act 1897.

The Mumbai civic body also said citizens who have successfully registered on the Co-Win portal should visit their nearest vaccination centre without waiting for the date of scheduled appointment.

  • Eligible citizens can get registered and vaccinated at the nearest hospital, if not registered in advance.

  • In addition to government and MCGM hospitals, vaccination facility now available at 59 private hospitals across Mumbai.

India added the most coronavirus cases in close to four months, causing active infections to climb back to the 3-lakh mark, at a time the nation rolled out the world’s biggest inoculation programme to contain its massive outbreak.

India added 40,953 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, the highest since Nov. 29, taking the total tally to 1.16 crore in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on March 20, 2021.

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