Congratulations Dharavi

A bit of good news.

The Times of India:

Dharavi slum colony in Mumbai did not report a single Covid-19 case in the last 24 hours.

This is the first time since April 1, when the first coronavirus case was reported in Dharavi, that Asia’s largest slum has reported no new case in a single day.

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, so far Dharavi has reported 3,788 cases of which only 12 are active. 3,464 persons have recovered and been discharged from Covid centres.

That’s a lot of cases in one part of one city.

So far, 312 people have died due to Covid-19 in Dharavi, said the data released by Mumbai civic body.

On April 1, a 56-year-old man from Dharavi’s Baliga Nagar had tested positive creating panic and fear about the spread of the deadly virus in the dense slum pocket. This was the first Covid-19 case in the area.
Officials said that Dharavi had come full circle in its fight against Covid-19. From over a hundred cases a day in May and June, the number of new cases had reduced to single digits over recent months.

And didn’t rocket back up again the way they have in the US and UK.

“There has been a lot of community engagement and cooperation in Dharavi. It is because of that that we have been able to get to this zero-case milestone,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner, G-North Ward.

“Our simple trace, track, test and treat formula has worked. Despite the dip in positive cases we will continue our rigorous screening and testing drives to ensure that there is no new spike in cases,” she said.

How sensible. We much prefer to throw big parties and show up maskless.

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