Authorities in Mumbai have conducted 212,000 Covid-19 tests, with a positivity number of 20.40%.

Mumbai has conducted 2.12 lakh tests

The actual figure of 20.40% marks a sharp rise from your 11.6% recorded on May 13, and 16.5% on May 21. On May 6, roughly a month ago, the positivity percentage stood at 10%, according to data available with Hindustan Times.

Ashwini Bhide, additional municipal commissioner in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), tweeted on Thursday night, “Almost 19 private labs happen to be linked to testing by @mybmc. That is certainly how Mumbai has been doing 2.12 lakh tests thus far which makes it 16,304 tests per million population, highest in India.”

The top portion of positivity has been related to targeted testing and early identification of suspected Covid-19 cases.

A senior civic officer said, “It shows that we have been targeting the proper pool of people. And also this means we can easily take them off from the community on the right time as a result of early identification. Our contact tracing efforts have been fruitful.”

As of June 3, BMC has traced a total of 845,000 contacts, of whom 192,000 were high risk contacts. While 352,000 are currently in home quarantine, 27,891 happen to be in BMC’s institutional quarantine facilities.

Mumbai had conducted 127,000 tests, when the number of Covid-19 patients in the city was 14,781, as of May 13. As of May 21, Mumbai had conducted 153,000 tests, and the number of Covid-19 cases in the city was 25,317.