Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi, had reported its first case of Covid-19, which has infected over 1,900 cases in the country so far. The 56-year-old, who reportedly died of Covid complications had no travel history and owned a garment shop in the area.
The man, who lived in a building constructed under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme, had no history of foreign travel, said a health official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
After he died at nearby government-run Sion Hospital, some 300 tenements in the building and around 30 shops were cordoned off by police. Residents of the building have been quarantined at home.
While Mumbai has a chunk of Maharashtra’s 300-plus COVID-19 cases, the appearance of the virus in Dharavi is a cause for concern. More than a million people live in the 5 square km maze of dirty lanes, cramped huts and open sewers.
On Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, shifted 86 people from South Mumbai’s Worli Koliwada locality to a quarantine facility as a precautionary measure. The civic body has identified Worli Koliwada as one of the containment zones in the metropolis and completely sealed the area, reported new agency Press Trust of India, quoting a spokesperson of the civic body.
A Mumbai civic body sanitation worker (whom we call Corona Fighters) in Dharavi area tested positive on Thursday. He resided in Worli but was posted at Dharavi for cleaning.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 2,095 today. In the last 12 hours, as many as 131 fresh cases were reported. Out of the total cases 1,867 cases are are being treated, 170 have recovered and 57 people have died.