LAST UPDATED: March 25, 2021, 1:54 p.m.
Mumbai: Due to a spike in coronavirus cases, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made it compulsory for people visiting shopping malls in Mumbai to undergo RT-PCR Covid-19 tests.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday announced that new rule will be imposed from March 22 which will make the Rapid Antigen Test facility available at the entrance of all malls in the city.
If visitors do not have a negative Covid-19 test report available, they will have to undergo the Rapid Antigen Test (RT-PCR) at the entrance of shopping malls.
“A team will be designated at the entrance for this very purpose. The details are being worked out,” the Mumbai civic body said.
The announcement was made after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the divisional commissioners to impose strict rules in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray had met the mall owners and given them last warning for not following guidelines for Covid-19 imposed in Mumbai.
“I think imposing a night curfew is necessary right now. We are also considering shifting the crowded markets to new sites. All Mumbaikars need to work together to prevent the imposition of a lockdown,” said Pednekar.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that lockdown isn’t the solution to rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra. He further said that the state is in the second phase of Covid-19 vaccination.
“The state has ranked second at the national level in Covid-19 vaccination. Rajasthan is ahead of us,” he said in a tweet.
“The state is also low on vaccine going waste. It is 6% in Maharashtra as against some states in the country where the figure is as high as 20%. We are trying to achieve zero wastage of vaccines and steps are being taken in this direction,” Tope said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded spike in Covid-19 cases on Thursday which is 25,833 new coronavirus cases followed by the first case of coronavirus which was detected in March last year.