Dharavi’s Covid-19 Count Reaches 60, Seven Dead
BMC conducts survey at Dharavi to screen people for Covid-19 symptoms.  (Source: BMC)

Dharavi’s Covid-19 Count Reaches 60, Seven Dead

The novel coronavirus has now infected 60 people in Asia’s most-crowded slum as the highly contagious pathogen spreads rapidly through the cramped lanes despite a complete lockdown.

Dharavi recorded five new confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday. All these patients are from the Mukund Nagar slum, said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner in charge of the G/North Ward in Central Mumbai. “Investigation for high-risk contacts is under progress.”

Among the latest to test positive for the virus include a 47-year-old woman and four men between 24 years and 39 years age.

In the evening, Dharavi recorded eighth death. A 55-year-old man who had tested positive a few days ago was declared dead at Sion Hospital, said Dighavkar. “The person used to stay in front of Dr. Baliga Nagar”.

The total tally of Covid-19 cases in Dharavi—a sprawl of shanties spread over 240 hectares with a population of 8.5 lakh and over 13,000 small businesses—includes the eight deaths.

Total Cases In Dharavi So Far: 60

  • Dr. Baliga Nagar: Five — A 30-year-old woman, her father and brother are undergoing treatment. Another 55-year-old man tested positive. The area has recorded three deaths.
  • Dharavi Main Road: Two — A 35-year-old doctor and his 29-year-old wife are undergoing treatment.
  • Mukund Nagar Slum: 14 — A 49-year-old man and his 25-year-old son are undergoing treatment. A 58-year-old and a 30-year-old men tested positive on April 9. Five tested positive on April 10 and another five on April 15.
  • 60 Feet Road: Two — A 21-year-old male lab technician is under treatment and one case of a high-risk contact recorded on April 12.
  • Dhanwada Chawl: One — A 35-year-old man tested positive and is under treatment.
  • Muslim Nagar: Seven — A 50-year-old female who tested positive earlier is under treatment. Another 27-year-old man tested positive and three high-risk contacts of a previous case were reported. A 52-year-old man died and a 27-year-old man tested positive and is under treatment.
  • Social Nagar: Six — A 64-year-old man, who had tested positive, died at KEM Hospital. Five of his contacts tested positive.
  • Janta Society: Seven — A couple (59-year-old man and 49-year-old woman) is undergoing treatment. Two new cases recorded on April 12 and another the next day. Another 55-year-old male and a 19-year-old female tested positive.
  • Kalyanwadi: Four — A 70-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man died. A 31-year-old female and a man, 21, tested positive.
  • PMGP Colony: One — A male patient tested positive and is undergoing treatment.
  • Murugan Chawl: Two — Two 51-year-old men tested positive.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Nagar Chawl: Two — A 26-year-old male and a 43-year-old woman tested positive.
  • Shastri Nagar Slum: Four — All recorded on April 12.
  • Nehru Chawl: One — A man, 60, died at Sion Hospital.
  • Indira Chawl: One — A 60-year-old man tested positive.
  • Gulmohar Chawl: One — A 34-year-old woman tested positive.

According to Maharashtra health ministry’s latest media bulletin on Tuesday, 350 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state, taking the total tally to 2,684. The count for Mumbai stands at 1,756.

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