New Delhi: A 56-year-old man died on Wednesday evening tested positive for coronavirus in Shuhu Nagar of Mumbai’s Dharavi, which is Asia’s largest slum cluster in an urban city. A team of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sealed the concerned building. Also Read - India Extends $250 Million Worth Financial Support to Maldives to Tackle COVID-19
The man was shifted to Sion Hospital where he was undergoing treatment after showing symptoms like fever, cough, respiratory issues. He had also developed co-morbid condition of renal failure. Also Read - IPL 2020, Match 3 Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Meanwhile, All seven members of his family placed under home quarantine. They will be tested tomorrow, a BMC official said. Also Read - School Reopening News: In Fresh Order, Punjab Allows Students of Class 9-12 to Visit Schools For Seeking Guidance
Some reports also claim that a three-year-old baby in Dharavi has tested positive for the viral infection. All other recent contacts of the man are being traced.
Maharashtra has already reported the highest count of the disease with more than 300 cases, among which nearly 170 are from Mumbai. However, the appearance of the contagion in the heavily populated Dharavi raises sharp concerns due to the cramped living conditions, dingy lanes and open sewage systems in the area.
The slums house millions of people eking out an existence in cramped quarters, with common sanitation facilities, insufficient water supply, no open spaces or greenery, making them a potentially fertile ground for diseases with little or no scope for ‘social distancing’.
The death toll due to coronavirus in Maharashtra shot up to 16 after five new casualties were reported within the span of 24 hours.