After Pune, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali declared a strict lockdown for next some days, Navi Mumbai joined the bandwagon by announcing a strict lockdown extension till July 19. In the wake of the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, Navi Mumbai extended the lockdown till July 19.
A lockdown was announced earlier from July 3 to July 13. However, there was no decline in COVID-19 cases in Navi Mumbai thus the authorities have definite to extend the lockdown by six days.
According to reports, there have been 10,260 COVID-19 cases in Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation limit with over 270 people have lost their lives due to the contagion. Commissioner of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) AB Misal stated that extension of lockdown was necessary to bring COVID-19 outbreak under control.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) lauded Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's efforts to curtail COVID-19 spread in Asia’s largest slum Dharavi in Mumbai.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus said, "There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the COVID-19 outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control. In Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, South Korea and even in Dharavi...a densely packed area in Mumbai, a strong focus of community engagement and basics of testing, tracing, isolation and treating the sick is key to breaking chains of transmission and suppressing the virus.”