Mumbai: Dharavi reports 30 new Covid-19 cases, area’s tally reaches 168

Dharavi in Mumbai has become a major hotspot of Covid-19 outbreak in India. The slum cluster has reported 168 cases so far, with 11 deaths.

Mumbai: Dharavi reports 30 new cases, area’s tally reaches 168 with 11 deaths (File | PTI)

Dharavi in Mumbai has become a major hotspot of Covid-19 outbreak in India. The slum cluster has reported 168 cases so far, with 11 deaths.

On Monday, Asia’s largest slum area reported 30 new cases of the novel coronavirus. On Sunday, the area had reported 20 new cases. The number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the cluster has reached 11.

Out of 30 new cases, at least 17 were under 35 years of age, with one two-year-old and another 15-year-old child. Only two cases reported on Monday were above 60 years of age.

Arresting Covid-19 outbreak in Dharavi poses an exceptional challenge for authorities as the area is one of the densely populated in the world. Most people do not have enough space to maintain social distance, thus, making spread of novel coronavirus relatively easy.

Maharashtra tally

With 283 new Covid-19 patients found in Maharashtra, their tally increased to 4,483 on Monday, said Health Minister Rajesh Tope.

Most of the fresh infections, 187, were detected in Mumbai (including 30 in Dharavi), the city worst affected by coronavirus in the state, which leads the nationwide tally.

The other areas where COVID-19 cases were detected on Monday are Kalyan and Dombivli (16), Thane (21), nine each from Navi Mumbai and Pimpri-Chinchwad, six from Panvel, seven from Mira Bhayandar, two from Raigad and one each from Satara, Bhiwandi, Nagpur and Solapur, Tope said.

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