AGENCIES, Mumbai: The 56-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus in Mumbai’s Dharavi, the largest slum cluster in Asia, died on Wednesday night. The patient was shifted to the Sion hospital earlier in the evening. He was the first man to have tested positive for COVID-19 from Dharavi. The other seven residents of the house have been home quarantined. They will be tested on Thursday.
The municipal authorities have sealed the building, which is located in a redeveloped part of Dharavi.
While Mumbai has a chunk of Maharashtra’s 300-plus COVID-19 cases, the appearance of the virus in Dharavi is a cause for concern. More than a million people live in the 5-square-km maze of lanes, cramped huts and open sewers.
Mumbai has emerged as a hotspot of the killer virus after the city witnessed a sharp spike in the number of cases on Tuesday. Fifty-nine people tested positive over a 24-hour period. The figure on Wednesday was 30. The total number of positive cases in Maharashtra is 335, and 16 people have died.
On Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation shifted 86 people from South Mumbai’s Worli Koliwada locality to a quarantine facility as a precautionary measure. The civic body has identified Worli Koliwada as one of the containment zones in the metropolis and completely sealed the area, reported new agency Press Trust of India, quoting a spokesperson of the civic body.
The city’s Jaslok Hospital on Wednesday shut down its Out-Patient Department after two nurses tested positive. The hospital said one of them had come in contact with a COVID-19 patient.