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Last week, at least 20 women and five children tested positive for the coronavirus in Byculla women’s jail.

Moreover, a separate section for male inmates also witnessed 10 cases. As per officials from the prison, the people who tested positive have been shifted to a nearby school. One of the prisoners, who is a senior citizen, has been shifted to a civic hospital.

According to reports, there are over 450 prisoners in Byculla prison. After periodic checks were conducted in the prison last week, these COVID-19 cases were detected and precautions are taken to segregate and quarantine the infected in order to provide them treatment.

On the other hand, data shared by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had earlier revealed that Byculla E-ward emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot. It has the highest weekly growth rate and lowest doubling rate in the city. The cases have increased to 0.12% in the E-Ward, which is double the overall rate in the city. It also noted that there was a rise among the healthcare workers too. In the E ward, between September 3 and 11, nearly 72 cases were diagnosed.

As a precautionary measure to curb the rise of infection, the civic body has changed its testing strategy. They have made it mandatory to voluntarily test all residents in sealed buildings. The period given for the same is five days.

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