The Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) sealed Hotel Express Inn at Ghodbunder Road after 21 of its staffers tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday. Efforts are now on to trace the guests and customers who had come in contact with the staffers. The hotel is located in Versova area on Ghodbunder Road, Kashimira, and witnesses many guests from Gujarat and nearby areas. MBMC ward officer Swapnil Sawant said, “Our medical team immediately launched an aggressive testing drive in all hotels, bars, dhabas, restaurants and other eateries located in the vicinity of the hotel after 21 staffers were found positive for Covid-19, following which two eateries were sealed.”
While those detected positive have been moved to healthcare facilities for treatment, others are kept in quarantine and the testing drive is on, said Sawant. “We have appealed to citizens to follow regular sanitisation, wear masks and maintaining social distancing. MBMC has further urged people to get themselves tested even if they develop the slightest symptoms of the virus,” said Sawant. The hotel which has in-house party hall, shopping and boarding facilities was frequented as a stopover for tourists and business visitors. The area falls in ward number six of the civic body. While a total of 112 cases were reported in the first six days of the week, 65 more people tested positive on a single day on Saturday.