Dharavi Records 47 New Coronavirus Cases Today, Total Tally At 1,425
Coronavirus cases continue to mount in Dharavi as the tiny slum shanties are fertile ground for the highly contagious pathogen.
Asia’s most crowded slum recorded 47 fresh Covid-19 cases today, taking the total tally to 1,425, according to data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. That’s just as India further relaxed a nationwide lockdown to boost economic activities.
Among the latest to test positive are women aged between 16 and 74 years and men aged between 83 years and 4 years, said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner in charge of the G/North Ward in Central Mumbai.
So far, 56 people in Dharavi—a sprawl of shanties spread over 240 hectares with a population of 8.5 lakh and over 13,000 small businesses—have succumbed to the virus.
While commenting on why cases are rising in Dharavi, Dighavkar said, cases are results of massive screening, isolating people and testing. “We have screened as much as four lakh people and tested more than 3,500 people ( there are few tests which are carried by people on their own which is not counted ). Success shall be measured on early/timely treatments/less deaths/more discharges.”
The more you screen, more you find suspects and more cases, he said. “That’s the only way to deal with it.”
Of the 47 fresh cases reported today:
- Six were found from Matunga Labour Camp.
- Five from Mukund Nagar.
- Four from Shatsri Nagar.
- Three each from Rajiv Gandhi Nagar and Shahu Nagar.
- Two each from PMGP Colony and Mahatma Gandhi Society.
- One each from Transit Camp, 90 Feet Road, Kumbharwada, Shaid Bhagat Singh Nagar, New Municipal Chawl, Ultra CHS, Datta CHS, Abu Bakr Chawl, Indira Nagar, Taat Niwas Bhandar, Paper Mill Compound, Fatmabai Compound, Muslim Nagar, Kunchikore Nagar, Geetanjali Nagar, Gopinath Colony, Geetanjai Nagar Jai Bhavani CHS, Kalambe Chawl, Matunga Railway Colony, Mitha Sangam CHS, Dharavi Koliwada.
According to Maharashtra health ministry’s media bulletin on Thursday, 2,345 new Covid-19 cases were reported taking the total tally in the state to 41,642. Total number of cases in Mumbai stands at 25,500.