The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday lauded the Dharavi design to eliminate the coronavirus pandemic after Asia’s biggest slum reported a single-digit increase in COVID-19 cases for 3 successive days even as the number of infected persons continues to increase in Mumbai.
Dharavi in Mumbai reported 12 new coronavirus cases on Friday, after recording one, three and nine new cases on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
Speaking at a media briefing on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “Just aggressive action combined with national unity and global uniformity can turn the COVID19 pandemic around.”
” There are numerous examples from around the world that have shown that even if the COVID19 break out is very intense, it can still be brought back under control,” he even more said.
Pointing out different examples where the battle against coronavirus has actually yielded excellent outcomes, Dr Tedros said, “In Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Korea and even in Dharavi, a densely packed area in Mumbai, a strong focus on neighborhood engagement and the fundamentals of testing, tracing, isolating and dealing with all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and reducing the virus.”
Dharavi, the biggest run-down neighborhood in Asia, is spread throughout 2.5 square km and has a population of around 6.5 lakh with the majority of individuals residing in tiny houses or shanties. They likewise have to share neighborhood toilets as rarely a house in the location has a separate toilet.
While Maharashtra is the worst-affected state in the nation, Mumbai has recorded the greatest number of COVID-19 cases for any city in India.
The tally of coronavirus cases in Mumbai crossed the 90,000- mark on Friday with 1,354 brand-new clients coming to light, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The death toll in the city has reached 5,202 with 73 brand-new fatalities.
Dharavi, on the other hand, has tape-recorded 2,359 overall cases with 12 brand-new cases coming to light on Friday. The location currently has 166 active cases and 1,952 clients have been released from medical facilities following recovery up until now.