BMC Praises Borivli Man For Isolating Before Symptoms

MUMBAI: Parts of the Borivli IC colony were marked as a containment zone on Thursday after a 42-year-old resident who had returned from the United Arab Emirates last month tested positive for Covid-19.

Civic authorities praised the man for strictly following the quarantine procedure at home, from the moment he landed in Mumbai, even though he showed no symptoms for days.

According to civic staff, the patient asked his wife and four-year-old son to move into his mother's residence in the same town, even before he got home on March 19.

“From the moment he returned, he decided to live alone and his family would visit the building just to keep food out of his flat door. Due to the precautionary measures you took during your quarantine, we have no high or low risk contacts to trace. Preliminary results show that he did not meet anyone during the period, a civic official said.

He had no symptoms after his arrival, but earlier this week, he developed a cold and cough and was tested, and received the results on Thursday. Once he was confirmed to be Covid-19 positive, he was transferred to a suburban hospital.

It is the first case in the town and authorities said that the spread of the virus was prevented since the patient had isolated himself.

Abhishek Ghosalkar, a former Shiv Sena corporate in the area, said prima facie that there is no need to panic since the patient was in quarantine. But, as a precautionary measure, the administration decided to take the help of the police to restrict entry and exit near the man's building. “This is also because the area has many others who have traveled abroad and are under quarantine at home. The local people have also been very responsible and, as it is a residential area, social distancing is also adequately maintained. Although there is a blockade in place, the BMC has taken police assistance to ensure that it is strictly enforced.