Mumbai: Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi, on Wednesday reported two more COVID-19 cases, taking the total infections reported from the slum to nine. Two men who have tested positive belong to Mukund slum and Dhanwada Chawl respectively. Also Read - Two More Positive Cases From Asia's Largest Slum Dharavi. Why is This Worrying?
According to a Livemint report, officials are conducting aggressive testing in the area. So far, swabs of 45 people have been taken and sent for testing. Also Read - Coronavirus: 56-year-old Man Dies After Testing Positive in Mumbai's Dharavi, BMC Seals Building
Notably, Dharavi houses an estimated 70,0000 to 1 million people. Eight to 10 people share a room here. Experts believe that it would be difficult to control the spread of the virus if it infects a crowded place like Dharavi. Also Read - Dharavi redevelopment: Maha to set up SPV, invite global bids
As per latest updates by the state, COVID-19 has claimed 12 more lives in Maharashtra, taking the total death toll to 64. Total positive cases in the state has soared to 1,018, officials said.
On Tuesday, six COVID-19 patients died in Mumbai, three succumbed in Pune and one each in Thane, Nagpur and Satara. They include 2 women and 10 men, who were also suffering from various other serious ailments.
The new COVID-19 cases were reported from Mumbai 116, Pune 18, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Ahmednagar 3 each, Thane and Buldhana 2 each, and one each in Satara, Sangli, and Ratnagiri.
In another concern, officials said that around 4 dozen persons who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi are untraceable as their phones are switched off.
The Mumbai police yesterday issued an appeal to all such persons who went for the Delhi Jamaat programme to voluntarily come forward with their health status.
(With agency inputs)