As COVID-19 cases rise, BMC steps up contact tracing

Following an increase in Covid 19 cases, the BMC decided to intensify contact tracing of those infected. Following instructions from BMC Commissioner Dr Iqbal Singh Chahal after medical experts warned of a possible fourth wave, in the past 24 hours the civic body has been tracing 6,237 high-risk contacts of patients tested positive for Covid 19.

The number of Covid-19 cases is increasing rapidly in recent days in Mumbai. Currently, there are no active containment zones and no sealed buildings in the city. But in the face of the growing number of cases, Chahal ordered deputy commissioners and medical officers from all departments to trace and test all citizens in contact with affected patients. In addition, the civic body will work to make these buildings and housing societies infection-free as soon as possible.

According to the standards, teams are supposed to trace 15 high- and low-risk contacts for each patient. But after a drop in infected cases, fewer than 80 patients have been traced to the city daily. So contact tracing also went down to less than two or three contacts per positive case. In recent days, the number of Covid cases has been on the rise again. “During the first three waves, contact tracing had played an important role in breaking the chain of virus spread. So, along with other measures, the BMC again focused on contact tracing,” said said a BMC health official.

Contract tracing involves visiting the patient’s home, screening high-risk contacts, and inquiring about low-risk contacts, which may be neighbors, co-workers, etc. The ward-level war room registers contacts of positive cases, contacts them on the phone, takes details of their condition and checks for symptoms of family members.

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