A video of a party at a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) quarantine and treatment centre in the Kalyan-Dombivali stretch on the outskirts of Mumbai has gone viral. The video shows some of the staff members consuming liquor at the facility. The staff members of the Mumbai Covid-19 centre organised a booze and ganja (cannabis) party at the facility near Mumbai at a time when the city is tackling a surge in coronavirus cases.
Mumbai has witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases and a night curfew has been imposed across Maharashtra in a bid to contain the spread.
The authorities initiated action after the matter was reported.
Following the incident of the Covid-19 centre at Dombivali Municipal Corporation’s Savlaram Sports Complex, the health department of Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) had reportedly asked the contractor, who is running the facility, to suspend the staff member involved in the incident and issued a warning.
The video came surfaced after a passerby recorded the party. The local civic body faced criticism on social media after the video went viral.
“We terminated a staffer involved in it. The others were from outside the hospital,” said Dr Rahul Ghulam, director of the clinic.
As many employees work through the day at the Covid centre, the tent was set up adjacent to it. The incident took place when the staff members were off-duty.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus patients in the Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation area on the outskirts of Mumbai has gone up to 75,000. Currently, the growing number of patients is a matter of concern for the municipality and locals.
Earlier, the second wave of coronavirus in Maharashtra started on 10 February and till 20 March, Mumbai logged 85,000 cases, said Iqbal Chahal, the Commissioner of Brihanmumbai corporation, the civic body of Mumbai. Of the total number of cases, 69,500 are asymptomatic, he added. The remaining 8,000 patients reached hospitals with mild symptoms. In the current cycle, the city might see 6000 to 7000 cases a day. The current positivity rate is 14%.