Authorities in Mumbai have conducted 212,000 Covid-19 tests, with a positivity number of 20.40%.
The present figure of 20.40% marks a sharp rise from the 11.6% recorded on May 13, and 16.5% on May 21. On May 6, roughly a month ago, the positivity percentage stood at 10%, according to data available with Hindustan Times.
Ashwini Bhide, additional municipal commissioner in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), tweeted on Thursday night, “Almost 19 private labs have already been associated with testing by @mybmc. That may be how Mumbai did 2.12 lakh tests up to now rendering it 16,304 tests per million population, highest in India.”
Our prime portion of positivity will be associated with targeted testing and early identification of suspected Covid-19 cases.
A senior civic officer said, “It suggests that we have been targeting the correct pool of individuals. This means we are able to eliminate them from your community in the right time due to early identification. Our contact tracing efforts have already been fruitful.”
BMC has traced a total of 845,000 contacts, of whom 192,000 were high risk contacts, as of June 3. While 352,000 are in home quarantine, 27,891 have been in BMC’s institutional quarantine facilities.
As of May 13, Mumbai had conducted 127,000 tests, when the number of Covid-19 patients in the city was 14,781. As of May 21, Mumbai had conducted 153,000 tests, and the number of Covid-19 cases in the city was 25,317.