Seventy coronavirus sufferers in Mumbai are listed as “lacking” within the information of its civic physique Brihanmumbai Company (BMC), which has requested for assist from the police to trace them down.
The problem got here to gentle when many individuals who had examined constructive for COVID-19 couldn’t be contacted on the listed cellphone numbers or on their dwelling handle.
After BMC launched the checklist, it was found that one of many cellphone numbers given alongside the title of a “lacking” affected person was really that of its personal officer.
All circumstances of lacking sufferers have been reported from north Mumbai’s Malad space, which is among the many worst affected elements of the town.
The scenario places the sufferers of the extremely infectious illness and people who are available in contact with them at nice danger of growing extreme signs.
Stating that folks shouldn’t concern the worst, Maharashtra cupboard minister, who can be the guardian minister of Mumbai, Aslam Shaikh mentioned, “Sure, we’re not with the ability to contact some Covid sufferers, however they haven’t fled. We observe all sufferers who’ve recovered, their high-risk contacts and family. It’s doable that there could have been a mistake in noting their cellphone numbers or in noting their handle; loads of areas talked about in addresses are of slums. There’s a probability that some could also be migrant staff and should have left after getting therapy.”
Mumbai police spokesperson and deputy commissioner of police Pranay Ashok confirmed that the BMC has sought their help in tracing these sufferers.
“This checklist has been shared with the police. Associated ward officers and police are working collectively. We have now been tracing all these individuals who take a look at constructive to allow them to be guided in regards to the right line of therapy,” he mentioned.
P North ward committee president Vinod Mishra, who can be a member of the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering within the state, mentioned the scenario was an instance of mismanagement.
“The BMC has issued demise certificates to folks. After I referred to as some folks on the checklist, many had sought therapy and recovered; one has even died,” he mentioned.
Mumbai, with greater than 67,000 circumstances and three,311 deaths, has been the worst-hit metropolis by COVID-19.