With nearly 50,000 coronavirus cases, Mumbai has more than one challenge

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 06, 2020, 02.30 AM(IST) Edited By: Abhilash Mahajan

Coronavirus in Mumbai Photograph:( Reuters )

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Mumbai, which is often referred to as the 'City of Dreams' has not even thought in its worst nightmare a crisis like this unfolding

India is yet to see coronavirus figures decline on a daily basis and the cases and fatalities are increasing by the day. The data looks even more depressing in the western state of Maharashtra, where coronavirus cases are more than 80,000. Also, more than half the number of total cases, 46,080, is in its capital city Mumbai.

Mumbai, which is often referred to as the 'City of Dreams' has not even thought in its worst nightmare a crisis like this unfolding. 

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According to a report, despite a daily surge in COVID-19 cases, Mumbai has not improved its testing and nearly 4,000 tests are being carried out each day for the last one month. The report further claimed that Mumbai has a testing capacity of 10,000, and this means that city is not even utilising half of its testing capacity.  

However, India's financial capital claims that the lower number of tests is because it is successfully implemented targetting testing, in which people who are likely to be infected are only tested.

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The good news on this front is Mumbai's doubling rate has improved to 20 days, which was a month ago was close to 12 days. 

A few days ago, a report claimed that the rising cases in Mumbai has caused its health infrastructure to overwhelm, with corpses lying on hospital wards and patients asked to sleep on floor until new beds come up. 

A resident doctor at the govt-run King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai said that the situation is "very bad" and the hospital being unable to take more COVID-19 patients as wards are operating at their full capacity. 

The report further said that emergency wards are witnessing twice the number of patients it can accomodate in a hospital. 

Amid all this, some shops and markets in Mumbai opened up on Friday as government eases some lockdown measures to contain coronavirus spread and restart economy. However, markets in the city's containment zone malls across the city remain closed. 

Maharashtra has earlier launched 'Mission Begin Again' to kickstart the economy in three phases, however a lot still needs to be done to save lives and livelihoods.