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BMC Will Bring Back Jumbo COVID Centre at Mahalaxmi Race Course to Combat New Surge

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has floated a young to set up a jumbo coronavirus care centre at Mahalaxmi Race Course to improve total capability. This facility can have 457 beds, with 200 of them being ICU beds whereas the remainder are oxygen beds. 

The civic physique constructed a jumbo facility at the identical location final 12 months however later dismantled it due to the discount in COVID circumstances. However, with the nation experiencing its second and deadlier wave of infections, officers have determined to deliver it up once more. 

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“During the monsoon, water had entered the centre. There were some operational issues also. So it was decided to shut down the facility,” a BMC official stated.

The 1,500 sq km facility might be constructed at a value of ₹50 crores, the BMC stated including that it is going to be up and operating round a month after the contractor is finalised. The appointed contractor may even be chargeable for the day-to-day operations and total upkeep of the power for a interval of three months. 

“This facility will have more ICU beds. It can be useful for the next wave of Covid-19. We are hopeful of finalising the contractor by mid-May,” an official from the Health Infrastructure Cell (HIC) stated.

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Mumbai has a complete of six jumbo COVID care services with round 9,000 beds. The BMC is mulling three further services within the metropolis at Kanjurmarg, Malad, and Sion. These services will come up in a month and add round 5,000 beds to the tally, officers stated. 

Municipal Commissioner, Iqbal Singh Chahal stated earlier that Mumbai’s state of affairs is enhancing to some extent as vacant beds within the metropolis elevated from 3,900 to 5,500 over the previous three days. Overall, the town has 21,761 beds throughout 172 hospitals and devoted COVID care services. 

“On Thursday, Mumbai recorded 4,634 cases with 38,500 tests conducted. The city’s positivity rate is now 11%,” Chahal stated.  

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