Dharavi coronavirus count crosses 1,000, death toll at 40

Dharavi coronavirus count crosses 1,000, death toll at 40

MUMBAI :

The number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai’s Dharavi, considered to be the biggest slum of Asia, rose to 1,028 on Wednesday with 66 new patients being detected, said an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The death toll due to the pandemic in the area rose to 40 on Tuesday from 31, but no new covid-19-related death was reported thereafter, he said. These nine deaths had taken place on different dates but the information was collated on Tuesday, the official said.

Dharavi recorded its coronavirus patient on April 1, 20 days after the first case of coronavirus infection was reported in Mumbai. These nine deaths had taken place on different dates but the information was collated on Tuesday, the official said Dharavi recorded its coronavirus patient on April 1, 20 days after the first case of coronavirus infection was reported in Mumbai.

The death toll in Dharavi jumped to 11 after an 80-year-old woman died at Sion Hospital. The woman, a resident of Sanaulla Compound, has been labelled as an independent case from the area and officials are investigating the source of infection.

Dharavi reported 17 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on Saturday, taking the tally to 118. A 40-year-old ward boy of an urban health centre was among those who tested positive. An 18-year-old woman who tested positive is the niece of a man who had come in contact with a Tablighi Jamaat congregation attendee. The man later died. A 15-year-old boy was the youngest of the new positive patients from the slum area.

According to Mr. Dighavkar, Dharavi has 34 containment zones, where nearly 52,800 people are under quarantine. An additional 191 are under institutional quarantine. Till Saturday, 600 people were tested and 40,000 screened for symptoms.

Rohith Kukkadapu

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