With Covid-19 cases rapidly rising in Mumbai, Dharavi slum cluster reported 107 Covid positive cases on Thursday, the highest ever recorded in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
The Asia's largest slum which became a model for the world for its Covid containment strategy, has once again become the focal point of the city administration.
Previously on April 8, 2021 Dharavi had reported 99 Covid cases on a single day which was the highest so far. The total cumulative case count in Dharavi since April 2020 is 7626.
Dharavi, which was one of the deadliest hotspots of the pandemic last year during the first wave due to the sheer population, managed to get a grip over the outbreak and reported cases in single digits and even zero for months. Dharavi, reported zero Covid cases 14 times in the month of December and continuously for six days between December 15 and 20, according to the data shared by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). However, active cases in Dharavi increased more than double within eight days from 43 cases on December 29 to 107 as of January 06.
Kiran Dighavkar, Ward officer of G North, said, "Not only in Dharavi, but the number of cases are increasing throughout Mumbai. To curb increasing number of Covid Patients, we will emphasize on toilet sanitisation, and isolation. We will also increase testing in the coming days.” But, Dighavkar, who was credited for successfully containing the spread in Dharavi, was confident that the numbers would be controlled soon. “By the end of the month, we will bring down positivity rate and will close the topic,” he said.
The ‘Dharavi Model' involved aggressively to keep a check on any rise in daily infection cases. Officials from the G-north ward said that the three key steps – sanitizing public toilets five times in a day, free Covid-19 testing and door-to-door vaccination – will be taken up in the entire Dharavi.
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