The total number of
coronavirus positive cases has reached 71 in
Dharavi after 11 new cases were reported on Thursday from the area, considered to be Asia’s largest slum.
As per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), four were reported from Mukund Nagar, two each from Social Nagar and Rajiv Nagar, and one each from Sai Raj Nagar, Transit camp and Ramji Chawl localities of Dharavi
Tackling the Outbreak
So far, eight people have succumbed to the infection in Dharavi.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 2916 positive coronavirus cases have been reported from Maharashtra as of Thursday. Of the 2,916 cases, 295 patients have been cured and discharged while 187 lost their lives due to the coronavirus.
The total number of cases in India has now climbed to 12,380. Out of these cases, 1489 have been cured/ discharged/ migrated while 414 deaths have been reported so far, as per the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Mumbai’s Covid-19 fight in Dharavi: BMC conducts screening exercise
Dharavi jumped into focus from the first of April with the first case detected in Asia’s largest slum. Unfortunately, the first positive case from Dharavi succumbed to the coronavirus the same evening. Since then, the focus of the administration has been on Dharavi, making it a priority to contain cases from there, ensure contact tracing and conduct detailed follow-ups, all in the hope that the transmission can be arrested. The BMC has set itself an initial target of screening 50000 from Dharavi. 7 people have died till April 15. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
Dharavi’s red zones
Five slum pockets within Dharavi have been earmarked as red zones and their residents segregated – to the extent possible – from the rest. The door-to-door screening is focussed on these five zones, namely Madina Nagar, Muslim Nagar, Mukund Nagar, Kalyanwadi and Social Nagar, which have a combined population of about 50,000. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
Door-to-door screening in Asia’s largest slum
The BMC, which is going door-to-door in Dharavi to screen residents of Mumbai’s biggest slum, has so far thermally screened 13,224 people in Asia’s largest slum and referred 113 for testing. The civic body has set itself an initial target of screening 50,000 residents. The population of Dharavi is estimated to be around 8.5 lakh. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
How BMC decides on screening
Assistant Commissioner of G-South ward, Kiran Dighavkar told Mumbai Mirror, “We saw the first case in Dharavi on April 1 and strictly implemented quarantine measures there. We have been providing food packets and medicines to the residents. We are also tracing high-risk contacts of patients and conducting health and fever screening camps. But the number of cases was rising, so we needed more people for contact tracing. We appealed to private doctors and 24 came forward. They were split into teams of two, each with a nurse, a co-ordinator and two volunteers. We provided them with masks, suits, thermometers and other equipment like gloves and goggles.The benefit of this was that the residents started co-operating as they trusted the local doctors.” Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
7 deaths in Dharavi till April 15
Five new coronavirus cases were reported in Dharavi on April 15, taking the tally in the slum to 60. All the five cases were reported from the same area — Mukund Nagar. A 47-year-old female, a 39-year-old female, and three males, aged 38, 25 and 24, have tested positive. With this, the number of cases in Mukund Nagar climbed to 14, the worst-hit area in Dharavi. The death toll in the largest slum of Asia now stands at 7. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
Disinfectant Sprays at police station
Extensive contact tracing and sanitisation work is being carried out by the officials to contain the spread of the virus. The BMC is keeping a strict vigil to keep the virus in check, especially in Dharavi, where social distancing is practically more difficult than in other parts of the city. At this police station, disinfectant sprays have been installed. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
Baliga Nagar in Dharavi
With the lockdown extended till May 3, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has assured that the government will take every measure possible to minimise the number of cases in the state and also make sure that people do not face problems due to the lockdown. But crucial to tht plan is how hotspots like Dharavi recover from the outbreak. An area that has a population density like Dharavi comes with its own problems for the administration. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
Tracking the Covid-19 outbreak
The first positive case in the slums was detected on April 1. A 56-year-old garment shop owner living in a Slum Rehabilitation Authority building in Dharavi test positive and died the same evening. In less than 24 hours, Dharavi reported a second positive case. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
How the cases increased in Dharavi
After the first death reported from Dharavi on April 1, the very next day, a municipal sweeper who lived in Worli tested posted at Dharavi. The next day, a 35-year-old doctor tested positive. On April 4, two fresh cases were reported from Dharavi. On April 5, a 21-year-old Dharavi resident, also a pathology lab technician, tested positive in Madina Nagar. On April 7, two more residents tested positive. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL
Municipal school now quarantine centre
The Transit Camp municipal school in Dharavi is now being made into a quarantine centre that can accommodate 700 people. Baliga Nagar, Mukund Nagar, Janata Society, Vaibhav Apartment, Madina Nagar, Dhanwada Chawl, Muslim Nagar and Social Nagar and Kalyan Wadiare among the affected pockets in Dharavi. Photo by Satish Malavade/ MMCL