For the second consecutive day, Dharavi recorded zero Covid cases on Tuesday.
This is also the second time since the pandemic broke out that the slum belt has reported zero Covid cases. Currently, Dharavi has only 11 active cases. According to civic officials, six are in home isolation.
The officials also said that daily, 80 to 90 Covid tests are being carried out in the ward, depending on the number of cases. The officials also said that on certain days random antigen tests are being conducted in various testing camps that gives an additional tally of 30 to 40 tests.
After the second wave, cases in the slum belt showed a steady spike. When the second wave was at its peak, Dharavi reported 60 to 90 cases each day on an average and April 8, the slum belt recorded 99 cases which has been the highest ever single day count on the second wave.
Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner and in-charge of G North (GN) ward, said that during the second wave Dharavi wasn't affected as much as it was during the first wave.
“The trend in the second wave was that most of the cases were being reported from high-rises and fewer cases were being reported from slum areas, due to which Dharavi wasn't affected like the first wave,” Dighavkar told FPJ. He also maintained that after the second wave intensified, the cases started to come out from slums as well, however, the ratio of cases in high rises remained more.
“We never stopped testing between the first and second wave in Dharavi and we doubled it up with door-to-door campaigns after a few cases started to rise gradually between February and March. Aggressive testing helped in controlling the cases in the second wave,” he added.
Dighavkar, however, said that the daily vaccination turnout has not been very good. There are a total seven vaccination centres out of which three are in Dharavi. He said that around 22 thousand beneficiaries have been inoculated from Dharavi, wherein 80 thousand people were inoculated from G North out of which most of the people turned out from Mahim and Dharavi.
Meanwhile, the Dadar and Mahim areas that fall under the G North had reported 11 and 12 cases on Tuesday, after reporting cases in single digit for almost a week. Civic officials said that this is a trend that the numbers fluctuate.