Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi has reported a sevenfold increase in Covid-19 positive cases, from just 10 cases on 22 January to 73 on March 4.
The BMC is on alert, according to officials, and the civic body is taking stringent measures to prevent the situation from escalating, as it had done in mid-2020 when the pandemic was at its worst.
Reports quoting BMC officials say, they have gone back to their old model that helped contain the spread last year. The BMC has aggressively started screening people from the slum and conducting tests.
Not just active cases, the number of people under institutional quarantine in Dharavi has increased to 94, from just 3 in the first week of February.
Maharashtra is among the few states contributing to India's Covid-19 load; the state reported a record surge of infections – 10,000 cases on Wednesday.