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COVID-19 Cases in Wadala Spike as Authorities Fear This Could Be the Next Dharavi

This ward has so far seen 750 positive cases and 29 deaths. Taking this into account, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of the ward, Gajanan Bellale has announced a total lockdown in the region until May 17, 2020.

COVID-19 Cases in Wadala Spike as Authorities Fear This Could Be the Next Dharavi
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The F North Ward in Mumbai which comprises of areas like Matunga, Sion, Wadala, Antop Hill as well as parts of Prabhadevi, has emerged as one of the biggest hotspots in the city with a 55 per cent spike in cases within a 14-day period. 

This ward has so far seen 750 positive cases and 29 deaths. Taking this into account, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of the ward, Gajanan Bellale has announced a total lockdown in the region until May 17.

“For curbing the cases in Wadala village which has a population of 15,000 we have used similar containment model which was used in Worli-Koliwada,” Bellale said. 

With a population of nearly 5 lakh, Wadala East is one of the most densely populated areas in Mumbai after Dharavi, and this new wave of the outbreak has surely raised alarm bells among the authorities. 

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The BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) is currently taking steps to bolster containment measures while also making sure new arrivals to the city are accommodated in designated areas. 

It is said that a total of 90 people from the Wadala village have been put under institutional quarantine while 30 have been allowed to stay in the village under home quarantine. The protocol currently is to place high-risk contacts in institutional quarantine while allowing low-risk contacts to stay under home quarantine. 

Locals have complained that the authorities haven’t done enough to curb the spread of the virus in these belts. In response, BMC Health Committee Chairman and local corporator Amey Ghole said that the authorities are holding meetings every day to come up with a plan to combat the virus.  

“We are now planning to set up a 560-bed quarantine facility at the Don Bosco School, Matunga. I have been in regular contact with the ward officer and the decision making that happens ward level to curb the cases,” Ghole added.


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