The city starting to record 150+ fresh Covid cases now. Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police have decided to sound the initial alarms.
The high-rises in the south and added areas of Kolkata have been the first ones to get affected yet again. At least five boroughs covering Alipore, Bhowanipore, and Jadavpur on one side and Behala and Parnasree on the other, have reported multiple cases since March 17. A part of central Kolkata, too, is under administrative radar.
Deputy commissioner of police said, “The numbers have almost tripled in three weeks. We have now decided to approach a few specific buildings and hold consultations to follow some safety measures. Similarly, we will carry special drives to ensure people are wearing masks at local markets."
At the present circumstances, the civic body’s health officials are worried over a spurt in boroughs IV, IX, XII, XIII, and XIV.
An official said, “In areas like Burrabazar, Jorasanko under Borough IV, there has been a growth in the number of cases."
Civic health officials have many specific reasons to worry about the rise in numbers in a few Bhowanipore and Alipore neighborhoods under Borough IX. Large areas of Behala under boroughs XIII and XIV have started witnessing a sharp spike as well. Under Borough XII, areas such as Jadavpur, Baghajatin, A senior, and Garfa have been under watch after a sudden spurt in cases.
Senior health official at the civic headquarters said, “We are keeping a close watch over some of these boroughs. We have asked the borough executive health officers and medical officers to keep us updated about fresh cases and we have already extended our testing facilities in the ward level."
Sources cite the example between March 17 and 20, when there have been 298 fresh cases. A KMC official said, “Of these, 37 were from the extended Behala belt, Ballygunge had another 25 and Bhowanipore 21. In other areas, Phoolbagan — with a dozen cases during the period — has emerged as a spot of bother."
According to a KMC health department report, the official who was part of a special civic team that dealt with the Covid-19 outbreak at its peak last year, the department was particularly worried over resurgence of cases in high-rises and market places.
The KMC official said, "We are worried over the trend as we had fought with the dreaded virus that had spread from high-rises and crowded markets."
A police officer said, “We are trying to put men at all the major markets to ensure social distancing."
MiC (health) Atin Ghosh, who is contesting from Belgachhia and is distributing masks even during his election campaign to raise awareness said, “We will appeal to all residents to allow our men to visit the apartments, carry out random tests, and counsel residents."