Lockdown likely in Mumbai if daily COVID-19 spike surges above 20,000 cases: Mayor

Lockdown likely in Mumbai if daily COVID-19 spike surges above 20,000 cases: Mayor

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar Tuesday spoke about the possibility of imposing a lockdown in the financial capital amid a surge in coronavirus cases. The mayor said if the daily COVID-19 cases in Mumbai cross the 20,000-mark, then the need for a lockdown will arise.

“We will have to impose a lockdown in Mumbai if daily COVID cases cross the 20,000-mark,” Pednekar said.

According to the mayor, 20,000 cases in a day in Mumbai will force the government to think about changing COVID-19 guidelines.

Pednekar said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is likely to speak about the Covid situation in the state in the next 2-3 days.

The mayor further warned that a mini lockdown could also be imposed in Mumbai if the people continue to throng public places like theatres, gardens and markets, leading to overcrowding there.

The remarks came a day after the city of Mumbai reported 8,082 COVID-19 cases, the highest daily spike since April 18, 2021. Two fatalities were also reported on Monday.

Of the new cases, 40 were of the Omicron variant which has concerns across the globe. Mumbai now has a total of 368 Omicron variant cases.

Mumbai’s coronavirus tally now stands at 8,07,602, while the death toll has jumped to 16,379, according to a bulletin issued by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

The BMC had yesterday announced that schools for classes 1 to 9 and also 11 will be closed till January 31 amid the surge in COVID-19 cases. Students of classes 10 and 12 have been allowed to attend the schools in-person.

Further, an official said students of classes 9 and 11 have been permitted to visit schools to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses as part of the inoculation drive for the 15-18 age group, which started yesterday.

Also yesterday, the Mumbai civic body issued a revised protocol for the sealing of buildings where coronavirus cases have been detected.

As per the new protocol, the BMC will seal an entire building or a wing of a building complex or a housing society if Covid cases are detected in over 20 per cent of the occupied flats in that building or the wing of the building complex or society.

The BMC also has made isolation of COVID-19 patients mandatory for at least 10 days.

“The patients shall be isolated for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or testing (in case of asymptomatic patients) and no fever for three consecutive days,” as per the guidelines.