Mumbai, Apr 12: Asia's largest slum -- Dharavi -- on Sunday reported 15 new cases of novel coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the area to 43.
Dharavi, a slum area situated in India's financial capital Mumbai, houses nearly 8 lakh people, which is a serious cause of concern amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which can get worse due to the densely populated area.
So far, four people have succumbed to the infection in Dharavi.
The Mumbai police, which has been on its toes, since the announcement of countrywide lockdown, has placed barricades and are manning the area.
Municipal Corporation (BMC) have identified 'containment zones' and have ramped up the efforts to ensure crowd control and people are being asked to stay indoors.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday extended the lockdown till April 30 taking into account the severity of the situation in the state, especially Mumbai where the infection count has crossed 1,000.
The state is at present India's virus epicentre with 1500 cases and half of the national death tally.
On Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the lockdown need not be extended beyond April 30 if people adhered to norms in place to combat the coronavirus outbreak.(UNI)