Coronavirus Outbreak: Dharavi reports second death in one week, BMC increases containment zones

Fearing community transmission, the BMC has increased the containment zones in Mumbai to 381. In Dharavi, Mumbai Police are using drones to announce that people should stay at home in order to curb the spread of the deadly virus.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Dharavi reports second death in one week, BMC increases containment zones
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The total number of cases in Mumbai’s Dharavi has increased to 13 in one week with five fresh positive COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday. Moreover, second death was also reported from the slum-dominated area. 

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials informed that a 64-year-old man who was admitted in KEM Hospital for fever, cough and breathlessness on Monday was tested positive for the COVID-19 and died on Wednesday. 

Earlier, a 56-year-old man died due to the coronavirus. He had hosted Tablighi Jamaat members in a flat owned by him at Dr Baliga Nagar. 

The five COVID-19 patients include a 25-year-old from Mukund Nagar slum pocket whose father, 49, was also tested positive. The 25-year-old is asymptomatic but his father was shifted to Rajiv Gandhi District Sports Complex in Dharavi, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kiran Dighavkar informed TOI. 

“The Rajiv Gandhi District Sports Complex in Dharavi has been acquired by civic authorities for a quarantine facility. 35 Hugh-risk contacts of COVID-19 patients in the area have been shifted into the facility,” Dighavkar was quoted in a TOI report as saying. 

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old woman from Muslim Nagar area who worked as an attendant in a municipal hospital in Parel was tested positive for COVID-19 along with a couple from Dharavi Cross Road. A 35-year-old man from Dhanwada Chawl was also tested positive. 

With 162 fresh cases reported in Maharashtra on Wednesday, the state tally has risen to 1,297. In Mumbai, the number of positive COVID-19 cases have increased to 857 and the death toll in the city has increased to 45. Maharashtra has become the first state to cross the 1000-mark while Mumbai has emerged as the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Fearing community transmission, the BMC has increased the containment zones in Mumbai to 381. In Dharavi, Mumbai Police are using drones to announce that people should stay at home in order to curb the spread of the deadly virus. 

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