Watch: Doctors risk their lives to screen people in Dharavi amid coronavirus outbreak


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Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums, is home to over 10 lakh people living in only 2.1 square kilometres. The congested and small houses in Dharavi makes its residents prone to contracting the coronavirus or COVID-19 as the social distancing norms are impossible to follow. 

In order to prevent the community spread, several teams of doctors are conducting screenings in the slum-dominated area. Needless to say, the doctors on the frontline are risking their lives. The doctors here have conducted over 37,000 screenings and hundreds of tests. 

The doctors are working closely with the Mumbai police and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Dharavi. In the video, the doctors talk about their challenges while dealing with the people living in such hotspots. However, the residents have now started to cooperate with the doctors who are carrying out screenings. 

Maharashtra has become the worst-hit state in India due to the coronavirus outbreak and has crossed the 8,500-mark. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has increased to 8,590. Of these, over 5,776 cases have been reported from Mumbai alone. As of April 27, the tally of COVID-19 cases in Dharavi has reached to 288. 

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