With 575 Deaths, Ghatkopar Emerges As New COVID Hotspot In Mumbai; Has A Mortality Rate Of 9%
The eastern suburb of Ghatkopar has emerged as a new COVID-19 hotspot in Mumbai after recording 575 deaths on Saturday, the highest in any ward.
According to a report by The Times of India, "an analysis shared internally among BMC bigwigs, of the 6,645 deaths reported in the city till Saturday, N ward was at the top, followed by K East (the eastern stretch of Vile Parle-Andheri-Jogeshwari) with 460 deaths. The G North ward (Dharavi-Dadar-Mahim) – once the worst in the city – is now at the third place with 426 deaths."
The figures showed that Ghatkopar has a high mortality rate at 9 per cent — almost double of the overall city’s rate.
In terms of number of cases, Ghatkopar is in the sixth position with 6,263 cases since March.?
The report says the deaths in N wards have gone up recently. In this matter, the local BMC officials said the Epidemic Cell had miscalculated the number and added cases from other wards to Ghatkopar’s tally, which actually could be around 412.
A senior BMC official told TOI, “The number of deaths in Ghatkopar is high, but some of the earlier deaths have also been added to the August figure during a reconciliation exercise.”
Ghatkopar MLA Parag Shah told TOI, “Many cases are coming from buildings, but BMC is avoiding testing more people out of fear numbers may go up.” A BMC official stated, “Local political representatives requested us to get building residents tested but we are yet to decide. In the past, many people were found positive in such buildings and had comorbidities which added to their problems.”