Once a Covid hotspot, Dharavi sees just three new cases, lowest in second wave

MUMBAI’S DHARAVI, the two.5 sq km sprawl often known as Asia’s largest slum, recorded three new Covid circumstances on Wednesday, the lowest since February 11, when the second wave surged via town.

In response to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Company (BMC), Dharavi has reported 6,798 circumstances since final 12 months’s outbreak. Of those, round 36 per cent (2,500) of circumstances have been recorded in March and April this 12 months.

Quickly after the second wave started in mid-February, Dharavi recorded 10 every day circumstances, its first double-digit tally for a day after a hole of 37 days. In March, the world was averaging 50 circumstances every day. And by March 23, the 250-bed quarantine centre in Vanita Samaj Corridor was full even because the lively caseload rose to 180.

On April 8, the very best single-day enhance was recorded at 99, sparking severe considerations. On Could 1, Dharavi had 947 lively circumstances. Wednesday’s knowledge present 62 lively circumstances.

Detailing the civic physique’s technique this time, Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner (G North Ward), BMC, stated: “We went again to final 12 months’s ‘Dharavi Mannequin’ — display screen, check and isolate.”

Dharavi is residence to an estimated 8.5-10 lakh individuals, with roughly 40 per cent migrant employees, a number of of whom share cramped 10×10-feet rooms. For officers, this presents a daunting problem in phrases of social distancing and isolation.

And but, throughout the first wave, Dharavi managed to efficiently management the variety of every day circumstances, which dipped to under 30 after September 2020, with no new circumstances reported in a interval of 24 hours on six events — as soon as in December final 12 months, on 4 days in January and as soon as in February this 12 months.

Nonetheless, BMC ward officers didn’t discontinue fever clinics in the world, which helped in screening and isolating the slum inhabitants, officers stated.

By February-end, the BMC began conducting assessments at 5 centres in the world, with cellular testing vans deployed to cowl slender alleys. Equally, vans have been deployed to make bulletins asking individuals to be careful for Covid signs, which have been listed, and supply the placement of fever camps.

Since Could 10, Dharavi has been recording a every day drop in the circumstances. That is in line with the drop in every day circumstances throughout Mumbai, the place the variety of every day circumstances have been in the vary of 300-500, rose to over a thousand by February, and spiked sharply in March and April.

On Could 18, town’s every day caseload dropped under 1,000 for the primary time since March 2. On Wednesday, town added 1,352 circumstances, taking the overall variety of circumstances to over 7 lakhs.

BMC officers stated the purpose now could be to extend vaccination protection in Dharavi. A vaccination centre at an city well being centre, popularly often known as ‘Chhota Sion Hospital’, was opened on March 22. After a tepid response in the primary 10 days, the numbers picked up, reaching 600 inoculations on Could 6. The centre has vaccinated 19,794 residents to this point, of which the bulk are from Dharavi.

Two extra centres have been opened to enhance Dharavi’s vaccination depend: the transit camp college (Could 7) has inoculated 1,348 individuals and the SWC centre (Could 12) 655.

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