Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi, situated in the city of Mumbai has reported zero new cases of Covid-19 for the first time in eight months.
The first positive case of the virus in Dharavi was reported on April 1st, causing a wave of panic among officials and its residents. Social distancing is next to impossible in this area, where families of eight to ten people live in 10x10 encampments and residents have to walk through narrow lanes lined with crowded tenements on either side.
However, Dharavi now led the way for fighting the coronavirus battle, registering zero cases in a day. Residents of the hutments were known to have cooperated with the health officials who were responsible for containing the spread of the virus in the area.
Dharavi has spread over 2.5 sq km and has a population of 2,27,136 per sq km, with people living in close quarters. The caseload of Dharavi now stands at 3,788. The number of active cases as of now is 12, with eight of them in home isolation and four in a Covid care centre. So far, 3,464 people have recovered in Dharavi, where 650,000 people are crammed into shanty colonies spread over the area.
Maharashtra recorded 3,580 cases on Thursday, taking the tally to 1,909,951. The death toll breached the 49,000 marks after 89 new casualties. Maharashtra, now slowly curbing its cases, which were rising rapidly during the middle of the pandemic, has controlled its daily caseload and has not crossed 5,000 cases for the past 20 days. A total of 98,503 cases have been reported in December, against the 109,166 from November 1 to November 24.