The slum belt of Dharavi recorded only one Covid-19 positive case on Thursday, making it the lowest figure after the ongoing second wave led to a surge in cases across the city and state.
On February 2, Dharavi recorded zero cases following which cases started to rise steadily. Between March and April, when the pandemic was at its peak, Dharavi recorded 70-90 cases daily on average. However, after the active case tally in Mumbai started to recede, Dharavi also started to record a decline in its daily active cases.
In the ongoing week, (between May 31 and June 3) Dharavi has recorded only two-three cases daily. Civic officials, meanwhile, attributed the steady decline in cases with the receding case tally in Mumbai. Since the pandemic outbreak, a total of 6,451 cases have been reported from Dharavi and at present, there are only 19 active cases in the slum belt.
“We have been recording a steady decline in cases not just in Dharavi but also in the entire G-North (GN) ward since the middle of May. We can say this is happening partially due to the lockdown as many people are not moving out and the chance of getting infected has also fallen amongst people,” said a senior civic official.
Alongside Dharavi, the Dadar and Mahim areas have also recorded a sharp fall in the number of daily Covid-19 cases. The Dadar area recorded only six positive cases on Thursday, meanwhile earlier on June 2, it had recorded eight cases.
The Mahim area which has the highest caseload in the entire GN ward has been recording 10-15 cases since the past one week. Earlier when the second wave was at its peak between March and April, both Dadar and Mahim used to record 80-100 cases daily.
“Even though the case tally is falling we are carrying out as many tests as we can and are continuing with our aggressive contact tracing drives. However right now, cases are being reported in a segregated nature and not in clusters,” the official said.
At present, there are 408 active cases in the GN ward at present.