Low testing rates make it BMC in trouble

by Web Desk | Published: 04 May 2021

BMC Election 2022

Covid-19 cases in the city are fixed at more than 3,000 per day, but the low number of tests is of concern to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).  Civil Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has urged citizens to continue inspections in the city. 


The number of tests conducted on Sunday was just 28,000.  He said that if they want to see an end to the epidemic, experimenting is their simple and effective weapon. It is BMC's consistent policy to conduct maximum inspections in the city, and this aggressive inspection policy has led to a reduction in the positive rate. 


If the sources are to be believed, the number of cases in the city is not steadily increasing but experts have advised BMC to maintain a high inspection rate. The highest one-day test from March 2020 to February 10, 2021 was 24,500.  The test then doubled, with 56,000 tests performed a day in April.  The average daily inspection in April was approximately 44,000.  In the last few days, it has dropped from 50,000 to 28,000 on Sunday. 


It is likely to decrease further on weekends.  There were only 23,000 Tests on Monday. Civic officials believe this may be due to the declining number of cases.  They think this is also the reason why the natural demand for citizens to collect swabs has dropped significantly over the last few days.  BMC wants at least 40,000 tests a day. 

I urge citizens to come forward and test themselves to raise the COVID test to the maximum level.  This will also ensure that the test positivity ratio is under test and that it is less than 10 percent; the target is to drop below five per cent.