MUMBAI: As many as 11 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Dharavi area of Mumbai on Saturday, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
BMC informed that the total number of cases in the area is now at 2,370, including 122 active cases and 2,002 discharges.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) praised the efforts taken to contain the coronavirus in Mumbai’s Dharavi while saying that only aggressive action combined with national unity and global solidarity can turn this pandemic around.
“There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO DG.
“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai – a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus,” the UN Health Body Chief said.
According to the State Health Department, 8,139 Covid-19 cases, 4,360 discharged and 223 deaths reported in Maharashtra today. The total number of cases in the state is now at 2,46,600, including 99,202 active cases, 1,36,985 discharged, and 10,116 deaths.