Although the spread of COVID-19 in Mumbai is under control, there has been a surge in the number of cases over the past few days. Hence all MCGM machineries need to be extra vigilant. In view of the rising number of cases in the city, the hands of those who are advised for home quarantine shall be stamped while those breaking rules shall be prosecuted.
An action shall also be initiated against organisers and managements/establishments flouting rules laid down for organising weddings, 300 marshals to be deployed in suburban trains to take action against citizens travelling without masks. The number of marshals to be deployed across Mumbai will be doubled. Buildings with more than 5 COVID-19 patients to be sealed and more such directives were issued today by Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.
The threat of COVID-19 is still not over yet with the new strain of the virus spreading in some parts of the World. While the vaccination drive is in full swing across Mumbai and Maharashtra, and since the number of COVID-19 cases has been on the rise for the past few days, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed all to take precautions.
- Looking at the rise in COVID19 cases, BMC has issued guidelines for citizens
- Buildings with more than 5 COVID-19 patients will be sealed
- Stamping of Hands for positive patients advised Home Quarantine
- 300 marshals will be appointed to take action against passengers travelling without a mask in suburban railways
- The number of marshals will be doubled to take action against citizens without masks, with an aim to catch 25,000 offenders every day
- Orders to raid marriage halls, clubs, restaurants, etc. to check COVID appropriate behaviour
- Passengers coming to Mumbai from Brazil will be put in compulsory Institutional Quarantine
- The number of tests will be increased in wards having a rising number of cases
In this regard, Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal dated 18th February 2021 held a meeting with all Additional Municipal Commissioners, Zonal Joint Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Assistant Commissioners of all Ward Offices along with concerned officers via video conferencing. Municipal Commissioner Chahal reviewed the situation and gave necessary directives to all concerned.
Municipal Commissioner Chahal said that in comparison to June-July 2020, the spread of coronavirus in the city is still under control. However, with the number of cases on the rise, the system needs to be vigilant. As public life returns to normalcy, it becomes all the more important for citizens to follow all COVID-prevention norms; especially since the threat of coronavirus is not over yet. It is pertinent to take stringent action against offenders to limit the spread of the virus. In line with the above, Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has given the following directives:
1. All asymptomatic patients being treated at home (home quarantine) to be stamped as earlier. Also, their information should be communicated to their respective societies. Ward War Rooms are instructed to closely monitor the patients. They should be contacted via landline telephone 5 to 6 times a day to ensure that they are at home. Close contacts should be isolated after taking complete information of the patient. If the asymptomatic patient steps out of the house or walks around in any public space before their Home Quarantine period is over, societies are requested to cooperate with MCGM and inform their respective Ward War Rooms. Ward War Rooms are instructed to take legal action against such patients. In addition, these patients will then be subjected to compulsory institutional quarantine.
2. Residential buildings with more than 5 COVID-19 patients will be sealed.
3. Use of mask is mandatory in wedding ceremonies, gymkhanas/clubs, nightclubs, restaurants, cinema halls, all religious places, playgrounds and gardens, public places, shopping malls as well as all private offices. If it is found that masks are not being used and more than 50 people are found gathered at the same time, then the concerned persons will be fined. Establishments and managements will also be prosecuted.
4. Regular inspection of halls, marriage halls shall be done. At least 5 such places should be raided and inspected every day. If a violation of any rule is found, legal action should be taken against the organizers of the wedding/parents of the bridegroom as well as the concerned management.
5. In order to take action against those who do not use masks properly and spit in public places, the number of 2,400 marshals currently working in Mumbai should be doubled to 4,800. It is necessary to put up a deterrent on those who are roaming without a mask. In view of this, punitive action should be aimed against about 25,000 citizens every day against the current average of 12,500 citizens.
6. In order to take action against unmasked travellers on the Western, Central, and Harbour Suburban Railway services in Mumbai, a total of 300 marshals will be deployed (100 marshals on each line).
7. The Mumbai police are now being empowered to take action against unmasked citizens. The police can also act as marshals by imposing fines on the violators.
8. MCGM teachers will be deployed at all buildings, offices, hospitals, etc. managed by MCGM with powers to take punitive action against those roaming without masks.
9. In order to monitor all places of worship, women marshals will also be deployed along with male marshals. Roaming without a mask, gathering of more than 50 people at a time or any such violation will lead to punitive action.
10. Action will also be taken against those found in playgrounds and parks without masks.
11. In Municipal wards with the rising number of COVID-19 cases, action should be taken on the lines of Mission Zero. Area mapping should be done in order to test a maximum number of people in such wards. In addition, at least 15 close contacts per COVID-positive patient should be tracked and kept in isolation.
12. In slums, narrow settlements, densely populated areas, health check-up camps should be organized with the help of NGOs to identify suspects. In addition, the patient search should be continued through mobile clinics with an emphasis on testing.
13. COVID Care Centre 1 (CCC1) for High-Risk Contacts and COVID Care Centre 2 (CCC2) for Asymptomatic patients – at least one of either centers shall be kept functional in each ward.
14. Municipal Commissioner also mentioned that there should be adequate availability of regular and oxygen beds at Jumbo COVID Centres.
15. Disaster Management Department should update information on COVID-19 patients, availability of beds, and other necessary information from all government and private hospitals within the MCGM jurisdiction by collecting it every hour through the dashboard.
16. As per guidelines issued by the Central Government, all passengers coming to India from Brazil will have to undergo mandatory Institutional Quarantine. In line with the Government of India directives, MCGM has decided to keep all passengers coming to Mumbai from Brazil under mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine. The implementation for the same has already begun.