An increase of 62% Covid-19 cases in Dharavi.


Out of 4,133 patients so far, 3,745 have recovered, while 316 have died due to the virus. (Picture Source: Mint)


Being the biggest slum in Mumbai, Dharavi has reported around 272 Covid-19 cases by the 19th of March as compared to the entire infection count of 168 in February.


The sudden rise in cases in Dharavi spread over 2.5 sq km of area. It is now alarming for the authorities as the reported cases are now scattered and not concentrated in any one particular place.


Dharavi currently has 72 active coronavirus cases. Out of 4,133 patients so far, 3,745 have recovered, while 316 have died due to the virus. Maintaining social distancing and following proper quarantine rules in a slum area where families of eight to ten members live together in hutments is a tough task.


An assistant municipal commissioner of BMC''s G-North ward, Kiran Dighavkar, stated that the number of COVID-19 cases in the slum are rising due to "pro-active testing and screening", but the situation is quite different from last year and fully under control. Steps like proactive screening with private doctors assistance and community support, the authorities had managed to control the viral spread.


Focus on vaccinating vulnerable people, like senior citizens and the people with co-morbidities, is also helping in lowering the number of fatalities.