Taking the tally up to six cases in Asia's biggest slum, A 21 yr male from Dharavi's Madina Nagar tests positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. The previous cases were a 30-year-old woman patient, along with a 48-year-old man from Dharavi’s Mukund Nagar, tested positive for the disease. The first victim was a 56-year old male who succumbed to the pandemic before he could be treated. Another sanitation worker who was posted in Dharavi, but resided in Worli too tested positive.
One more #Coronavirus positive case has been reported in Mumbai's Dharavi. Details of the patient awaited. Reports that 14 new patients have been found in Dharavi is not true: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Sources pic.twitter.com/ZkpEdqXkAt— ANI (@ANI) April 5, 2020
After the first case was reported from Dharavi, BMC created several containment zones throughout the place, putting over 2500 people under restrictions. With over 1 million people living in five square kilometer area, Dharavi is Mumbai's most densely populated area. Reports state that BMC has already set up a health camp and found 14 high risk and 74 low-risk contacts apart from 32 senior citizens who have been found symptomatic.
On March 14, the Thackeray government invoked the Epidemic Diseases Act declaring the Coronavirus as an epidemic - declaring all gyms, swimming pools, malls, theatres, pubs shut in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pimpri-Chinchwad till March 31 amid the rising cases of Coronavirus. With the railways shutting down its services on March 22 marking 'Janta Curfew', the Maharashtra government extended a state-wide curfew, stopping all transport services across districts. After PM Modi announcing a 21-day lockdown, Maharashtra too enforced the same as the state recorded the highest number of cases at 690 cases, with 24 deaths.