Mumbai: Asia’s largest slum, Mumbai’s Dharavi has registered a steep decline in new cases of COVID-19. In the past 24 hours, six new cases have been reported from the area – a steep drop from the 25 new cases reported on Thursday. Dharavi, with a total area of 2.1 sq km, is home to around 8 lakh people, who live in the smallest houses.
Dharavi also reported just one COVID-19 death on Friday. There are now 220 coronavirus viruses and 14 deaths across the region. Authorities have conducted an ambitious screening, isolation, quarantine, and trial to limit the number of cases where social disturbances are impossible.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has set up several containment zones in Dharavi with ‘door-to-chain’ and door-to-door delivery necessary to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
According to officials in Dharavi, about 1.5 lakh population are in compulsory areas, medicines are being given at their doorsteps. Municipal authorities have also organized dedicated fever camps in the area and examined more than 50,000 people and also referred people for isolation and testing.
However, when asked if this was at least the beginning of a ‘flattening of the curve’ for Dharavi, officials say “it is too early to say”.
Mahim of South Mumbai has also reported a new case taking the total number of cases to 25. Dadar in central Mumbai also registered a total of 29 cases. Mumbai yesterday recorded 522 out of 778 new cases in Maharashtra.