In apparent signs of flattening of the coronavirus curve, Mumbai's Dharavi, believed to be Asia's largest slum and also a coronavirus hotspot in the city, has reported not a single COVID-19 death in the last six days while 939 of the total 1,899 patients have recovered, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials said on Sunday.
In all 34 people had tested positive for coronavirus on June 1 and the number has now come down to 10, they said.
'Dharavi has not reported a single death in the last six days, which is the first major indicator that we are on the right track. The number of people getting discharged is also increasing,' the Assistant Municipal Commissioner of G North Ward of BMC, Mr. Kiran Dighavkar said.
'Dharavi area has reported 71 deaths so far. But the real change is (reflected) in the daily testing of samples. A total of 34 people had tested positive for coronavirus on June 1 which has now come down to 10,' Mr Dighavkar said.
This development comes at a time when Mumbai has been reporting a rise in cases and deaths. As of June 6, Mumbai's tally of COVID-19 cases stood at 47,354 cases and 1,577 deaths as Maharashtra surpassed China's total count of cases.
Meanwhile, Mr Dighavkar attributed the lower number of cases to aggressive screening and testing of suspected cases in Dharavi with activation of fever clinics.
'With the help of fever clinics, we could identify the people showing symptoms similar to that of coronavirus infection. We isolated them immediately which helped in either containing further transmission of the virus or spreading any kind of infection from those who are feeling unwell,' he said.