Second positive COVID-19 case found in Asia's largest slum

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

Police is planning to seal the concerned building where the person has been found.

The first patient was a 56-year-old man who visited Sion Hospital on March 26 and was admitted on March 29. The deceased lost his life at Sion Hospital and had symptoms like fever, cough and respiratory issues. His family members & 23 colleagues were asked to quarantine.

Two more COVID-19 positive cases - one male and one female - reported in Dharavi, Mumbai today, taking the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the area to five, according to news agency ANI. His family members, neighbours, and other high-risk contacts have been stamped and quarantined.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday expressed concern that a coronavirus case was detected in Mumbai's Dharavi, which is Asia's largest slum. It added that the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) building has been sealed.

A group of persons started arguing with policemen and some of them started throwing stones, an official said, as quoted by PTI.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

Notably, several people who attended the congregation in Nizamuddin have tested positive for coronavirus across the country. Sai Hospital Chembur is completely sealed and Saifee Hospital, Jaslok Hospital, Bhabha Hospital and Hinduja Hospital are partially affected due to exposure to COVID-19 patients.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 1,965 on Thursday (April 2, 2020) while the death toll due to the deadly virus has touched 50, according to the latest figures provided by the Union Health Ministry.

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