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- The first phase of the survey began on September 10 and concluded on October 16.
- During the survey, BMC officials focused on two groups – senior citizens and persons with co-morbidities
- The campaign has brought down the infection rate as more transmission chains were broken due to higher identification of infected individuals, a doctor said.
Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, under its ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ drive, has surveyed almost 80 per cent of 1.3 crore population of Mumbai to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.
The second phase of the survey, officials of the civic body said, will begin soon to cover the ones who missed the first one. “We will also examine any changes in the health of the people surveyed in the first round,” an official told The Times of India.
BMC focussed on 2 groups
The official said the drive, which commenced on September 15, focused on two groups – senior citizens and persons with co-morbidities – as they together make up more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 mortality rate.
The door-to-door survey has helped the officials mitigate the spread of the contagious virus as higher identification of infected individuals helps in breaking more transmission chains, a doctor from a BMC-run health facility said.
Mumbai’s case doubling rate increases
When the first phase of the campaign concluded on October 16, Mumbai’s COVID-19 case doubling rate increased to 82 days from 52 days on September 15 when the campaign began.
Meanwhile, 1,791 new COVID-19 cases and 47 deaths were reported from the city in the last 24 hours, according to the government data released on Saturday evening.
The total number of cases in the metropolis now stands at 2,40,339, including 18,717 active cases and 2,08,099 discharges. A total of 9,682 persons have died due to the virus. It may be noted that Maharashtra, with 1,85,270 total active cases, continues to be the worst COVID-19-affected state in the country.