In nearly three weeks, the tables have turned in D ward. From its eight slum and chawl pockets reporting the most cases till June 24, it’s now high-rises in Malabar Hill, Tardeo, Pedder Road and Nepean Sea Road that account for 95 per cent of the daily tally.
On June 24, slum and chawls reported 30 cases and high-rises seven. The trend reversed the next day. When this month began, the numbers rose to 50 in high-rises and 16 in slums and chawls. From July 7-12, multistorey buildings registered a daily average of 50 cases.
The ward, which is the fourth largest in the city, as of Sunday recorded 3,230 cases and 142 casualties.
The spike from high-rises have led to a jump in the ward’s daily case growth rate—from 1.7 per cent on July 7 to 2.1 per cent on Sunday, surpassing Mumbai’s average of 1.36 per cent.
Prashant Gaikwad, assistant commissioner of the ward, said 47 cases came from high-rises, including 12 from Malabar Hill and 14 from Tardeo, on Monday. “The patients are mostly close contacts of those who previously tested positive.”
More than 200 buildings where the cases have been reported have been sealed.
Gaikwad said 90 per cent of such patients are asymptomatic and in home isolation. Their
He, however, berated residents of high-rises for allegedly lacking in self-discipline. “Many domestic help employed at these buildings have not been tested since returning from their villages. We are approaching every housing society, and are making their security personnel and housekeeping staff aware of what needs to be done to keep all occupants safe.”
Mukul Mehra, secretary of the
Mehra pointed out that despite the recent increase in cases from high-rises, the ward has the eighth lowest tally among all 24 wards.
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