Coronavirus tally in Dharavi reaches 2,338

The slum-dominated area has made improvements in recording positive cases since the past few days.

Coronavirus tally in Dharavi reaches 2,338

Dharavi, being the largest slum in Asia, is estimated to have a population of more than 6.5 lakh and is spread in an area of 2.5 square kilometers. The houses in the slums are so closely built to each other that social distancing was deemed as impossible when the coronavirus began spreading in the city. But currently, while the coronavirus cases keep rising in the city at an alarming rate,  cases have surprisingly started to drop rapidly in the slum dominated area. 

On Wednesday, July 8, Dharavi has reportedly only recorded three new COVID-19  cases, taking the tally of positive cases to 2,338. Further, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Tuesday said that the slum had identified only one Covid-19 positive patient.

As per the BMC officials, Dharavi only has 329 active COVID-19 positive cases. However, since the past few days, the BMC has stopped disclosing the number of deaths in the slum area. The first-ever coronavirus case recorded in Dharavi was on April 1, 2020, which came 20 days after Mumbai recorded its first case. 

The densely populated slum has shown improvements lately in the city and the civic body also started retreating from the slum area on July 3. Limited cases being recorded over the past few days could be a good indication that the pandemic in the slum is slowly coming under control. The total number of positive cases in Dharavi is 2,338.

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