Two more test positive for coronavirus in Dharavi, 7 cases reported so far

Two more test positive for coronavirus in Dharavi, 7 cases reported so far
Amid the rising number of cases from the area, officials have demarcated Dr. Baliga Nagar, Vaibhav apartment, Mukund Nagar and Madina Nagar as containment zones (Representational Image)

Two more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Dharavi, taking the total number of such cases in the city’s biggest slum area to seven.

According to officials, the patients, men aged 80 and 49 years, hail from Dr. Baliga Nagar locality of Dharavi. Both are close contacts of a 30-year-old woman who earlier tested positive for coronavirus.

Prior to this, at least four others from Dharavi, including a doctor of Wockhardt Hospital, had also tested positive for the disease.

Of the four earlier cases, a 56-year-old man died while undergoing treatment at a hospital on April 1.

Amid the rising number of cases from the area, officials have demarcated Dr. Baliga Nagar, Vaibhav apartment, Mukund Nagar and Madina Nagar as containment zones. They are also spraying disinfectants regularly in these areas.

Dharavi is home to around 15 lakh people and is among the most congested areas in the city.

The spread of coronavirus in the slum area is a major cause of concern and can pose a serious challenge to authorities who are working hard to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has said.

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