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60 positive patients, seven deaths: Dharavi emerges as COVID-19 hotspot in Mumbai

MUMBAI: Asia’s largest slum Dharavi has been exploding with the number of coronavirus positive patients and deaths.

The Mumbai slum saw a total of 60 positive patients being detected till Wednesday morning, while seven people died so far. More than 100 health workers were also detected COVID-19 positive in various private and BMC hospitals.

Dr Baliga Nagar of Dharavi saw five positive cases while two deaths reported. Apart from this, two cases were reported in Vaibhav housing society, 14 in Mukund Nagar, two in Madina Nagar, one in Dhanwada Chawl, seven cases and one death in Muslim Nagar, Six Class and one death in Social Nagar, seven cases in Janata Society, four cases and two deaths in Kaylanwadi, one each case in PMGP Colony and Murugan Chawl. The two cases in Rajiv Gandhi Chawl, four cases Shashtri Nagar while one death in Nehru Chawl while one each cases in Indira Chawl and Gulmohar Chawl.

In Mumbai, 1351 coronavirus positive cases have been detected while 112 deaths have been reported till Wednesday. In Dharavi, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has identified nine contaminated locations and all of them are sealed.

In Mumbai, the Worli, Prabhadevi, Byculla, Peddar road, Bandra, Andheri East and West, Kurla etc are getting more number of coronavirus positive cases.

Maharashtra government has formed the expert doctors committee who are guiding the chronic spots.
“These health experts from various private and government hospitals are taking regular review and planning strategy,” BMC official said.

Vijay Khabale, BMC PRO said that they have started area clinic in every contaminated zone.

“A large number of people are voluntary coming here and BMC is also going to door for checking all residents of Dharavi. Therefore there are a spike in the numbers of coronavirus patients in Dharavi another part of Mumbai,” said Khabale.

He said that apart from health checking they have started disinfection of all suspected areas.

“The police has been deployed at the sealed area so no one can go out and come inside. We also as the residence of is area make the list of their essential requirement and from building only a few people are allowed to go for shopping. As per Maharashtra government divination of coronavirus infected area, the Mumbai comes in the red zone. However, BMC has been working on war footing to contain the spreading of Coronavirus. We are expected to fall down the number in the coming days. The curve with soon start flattening particularly in Mumbai,” Khabale added.

Rahul Shewale, Shiv Sena MP from Dharavi said that they have decided to check each and every area.

“We rather than waiting for people to come to BMC hospitals.  The BMC is going on their doorstep and checking them. We are taking a proactive approach while dealing with this pandemic situation. In the next 10 days, we will complete this door to door health check-up” he added.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray himself closely monitoring Mumbai’s situation.

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