Mumbai: As one of the fastest-growing coronovirus infections in COVID-19 positive cases, Asia’s largest slum Dharavi has not recorded a single virus in the past seven days and has seen a drop in the number of positive cases.
According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official data, 34 cases of Dharavi-19 positive came from Dharavi on 1 June, while a total of 13 cases were reported on 7 June.
In addition, on 6 June, Dharavi reported only 10 COVID-19 positive cases. On June 5, 17 positive cases were reported while on June 4, 23 positive cases were reported. Therefore, according to official data, the curve of COVID-19 positive cases in Dharavi-Slum is beginning to show a declining trend.
The total positive cases in Dharavi are 1,912 on 7 June, since 30 May, there have been no deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 7 days in Dharavi, indicating relief.
BMC Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kiran Dighawkar, who is also in charge of Dharavi’s Mission Corona, said: “Aggressive screening in the Dharavi region has helped reduce positive cases. Nearly 6 to 7 lakh people have been screened home to home by BMC health workers, private clinic doctors, mobile van, Municipal dispensary, etc.”
He added: “We worked on a formula to screen maximum people for fever, oxygen levels and other symptoms and isolate them and test them continuously.”
According to the data available with BMC, Dharavi has a population of 8.5 lakhs. A total of 8,500 people from the area were kept in government quarantine facilities at various places.
The BMC has tested 4,000 people, while 1,350 people were tested through the fever camps set up in Dharavi.
This slum in central Mumbai had become the epicentre of the corona infection as the matter first came to light a week after the national lockout was implemented.