It’s worthwhile to unpack the strategies that succeeded in Dharavi as they not only reveal much about the settlement, but also hold lessons for rest of Mumbai, and indeed the rest of India
The fight, officials stress, is not over, but there certainly seems to be improvement
Earlier, between May 10 and May 16 the slum cluster had recorded 365 cases -- an average of 52 cases a day
Of the 41 new patients, as many as seven were found in Matunga Labour Camp locality of Dharavi alone, he said.
As no new death was reported in Dharavi in the last 24 hours, the number of victims remained unchanged at 61, the official said.
No death due to the deadly infection was reported in Dharavi in the last 24 hours, the official said.
Dharavi, which is one of the severely affected areas in the city, has reported 1,621 coronavirus cases so far.
Of the 47 new cases, the highest number of six cases was detected in Matunga Labour camp, followed by five in Mukund Nagar locality, the official added.
A company of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was deployed at Dharavi along with local police, the police official said.
In less than 45 days, Asia's largest slum has recorded 1,028 cases and 40 deaths, indicating the extent and intensity with which the virus has spread there.
The death toll due to the pandemic in the area rose to 40 on Tuesday from 31, but no new COVID-19-related death was reported thereafter, BMC official said.
The cases were reported from Matunga Labour camp, 90-feet road, 60-feet road, Kumbharwada, Transit Camp, Cross Road, Naik Nagar and some other localities in Dharavi, he said.
Announcing a probe, Dr Pramod Ingle, dean of the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in Sion area, said the reluctance of relatives to collect bodies led to this situation.
New cases were reported from areas like Ambedkar Chawl, Kumbharwada, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Madina Nagar, PMGP Colony, Vijay Nagar, Mukund Nagar, Social Nagar, Tata Nagar among others, the official said.
BMC claims that 79,000 residents of Dharavi have already been tested for the novel coronavirus disease and more than 2,000 have been institutionally quarantined over concerns of exposure to the deadly virus
The latest positive cases were found in various localities of Dharavi, including Kutti Nagar, Matunga Labour camp, Azad Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar, Chamada Bazar, Mukund Nagar and Kalyanwadi.
Dharavi, believed to be one of Asia’s largest slum, is a tough place to be confined, and also one of the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus because of the density of its population and poor sanitation.
Three new cases each were found in Matunga labour camp, Muslim Nagarand Indira Nagar, two at Social Nagar and one each at Dr Baliga Nagar,Laxmi Chawl, Janata society and Sarvoday Society on Friday, said the BMC official.
Dharavi is one of the largest slum areas in Asia. Nearly 15 lakh people live in shanties located in this highly congested area.
New cases were found in Muslim Nagar, Kalyanwadi, Janata Society and Rajiv Nagar localities of Dharavi, the BMC said.
With this, the total number of deaths in Dharavi has gone up to five, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official said.
An official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said a doctor who had a clinic on Dharavi's main road and who was also attached as a surgeon to a prominent private hospital tested positive for the virus. "The building where he lives will be quarantined and all high-risk contacts will be traced," the BMC official said.
Dharavi is one of the most congested areas of the densely populated financial capital of the country, with more than one million people residing in an area spread over 535 acres
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