COVID-19: Asymptomatic cases rising, Mumbai scrambles to increase beds again

The BMC is increasing the capacity of its COVID Care Centres-2 (CCC2) to accommodate the increasing number of asymptomatic COVID patients. Many CCC2 facilities have got filled up in the past two weeks and ward officials have been sending patients to Jumbo COVID Centres meant for symptomatic patients.

The corporation had set up CCC1s for high-risk contacts and CCC2s for asymptomatic patients. While the corporation had identified around 180 locations with a capacity of 23,000 beds in April, only a few of them were used. As the number of patients decreased in mid-July, the BMC returned unoccupied structures to their private owners to save money and manpower. Now the city has over 31,000 active patients, 21,705 of these are asymptomatic and there aren't enough COVID centres. "While asymptomatic patients in buildings chose to stay home, those from slums and small houses have to be isolated," said a BMC official.

BMC had returned CCC2 properties to save cost
BMC had returned CCC2 properties to save cost

Currently, there are 24 active CCC2s with 2,921 beds, with 1,740 of those occupied. Centres in wards like R/C (Borivli), G/North (Dadar/Dharavi), G/South (Worli, Parel), P/North (Malad), P/South (Goregaon), N (Ghatkopar), M East (Govandi, Mankhurd), H West (Khar W, Bandra W) are almost full.

"We have a centre at Punjabi lane in Borivli West with 150 beds. We will increase its strength by 50 beds. Meanwhile, there is a jumbo facility available at Dahisar where we can shift patients," said Bhagyashree Kapse, assistant commissioner, R/C ward."

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Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner, G/N ward said, "Our CCC2 centre has 150 beds. I have asked to accommodate 50 more." He added that they are shifting asymptomatic patients from Dharavi to the BKC jumbo facility and patients from Dadar, Mahim to the NSCI Centre, Worli.

The city has five jumbo facilities — at Mahalaxmi, BKC, Mulund, Dahisar and Goregaon — with a total capacity of 7,285 beds, including 612 ICU beds.

. Centres: 24
. Total beds: 2,921
. Occupied: 1,740
Wards with CCC2s full
. R/C (Borivli)
. G/North (Dadar/Dharavi)
. G/South (Worli, Parel)
. P/North (Malad)
. P/South (Goregaon)
. N (Ghatkopar)
. M East (Govandi, Mankhurd)
. H West (Khar W, Bandra W)