New Delhi: As the number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 302, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday said it will use a number of vacant properties in residential buildings, lodges, clubs and exhibition halls to quarantine suspected patients. Also Read - BMC Circular, Directing That Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Only be Cremated, Withdrawn

Issuing a circular, the BMC said that the vacant properties will be used to quarantine those who are suspected to have been exposed to coronavirus in the state. Also Read - Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Should be Cremated Irrespective of Religion: BMC

In the circular, the BMC has authorised its assistant commissioners to take hold of vacant residential buildings, lodges, hotels, dharamshalas, clubs, exhibition centres, colleges, hostels, dormitories, cruise ships, banquet halls and gymkhanas with immediate effect.

During the quarantine period, the patients will be provided food and other basic amenities at these centres, the BMC said and warned action against property owners, who refused to adhere to its orders.

“Officials may initiate action under section 188 (disobeying an order issued by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code against those who refuse to comply with the BMC’s directive,” the cirtular stated.

As per updates, these vacant properties will be used for 14-day quarantine of people who came in close contact with COVID-19 patients.

The development comes as 72 new coronavirus cases were detected in the state on Tuesday, 59 of them in Mumbai alone, taking the total number of COVID-19 patients in the state to 302. This is the largest increase in the number of cases within a day probably in the country.