Mumbai: Dharavi, known as Asia's largest slum cluster which was once known as an epicentre of the novel coronavirus in Mumbai on Tuesday recorded only one positive case for the first time since the first week of April.
With only one case reported on Tuesday, took the case total in the densely populated location in Mumbai to 2,335. In April, the slum pocket of Mumbai had recorded a single new COVID-19 case. With this positive news, Mumbaikars can breathe a sigh of relief.
On April 1, Dharavi reported its first coronavirus case and also the first decease due to the contagion, although in a multi-storey residential building in Baliga Nagar with proper sanitisation flair and space for social distancing. But alarm bells echoed four days later, when the COVID-19 marched its way to one of the largest slum bunches, Mukund Nagar. Controlling the spread of the virus in an area, where 9-10 people reside in a 10×10 sq ft room, was impossible for the administration.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) made the action plan and within two days, it barricaded the entrance and exit to the slum cluster with the help of Mumbai police. The administration carried out disinfection at over public toilets, started door-to-door screening and delivered ration kits to people in the first month of the world’s severest lockdown to slow down the spread of the outbreak. Dharavi which is also a major contractor of informal labour witnessed a huge surge in the month of April and May. From June, the graph started to flatten its curve and now in July it is only one case in the area which was once a focal point of COVID-19.
The BMC official on Tuesday stated said that Dharavi has only 352 active coronavirus cases as 1,735 patients have been recovered and discharged from hospitals. A steady decrease in COVID-19 cases has also prompted BMC to consider an ‘Unlock’ strategy for Dharavi.