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Mumbai: Door-to-Door Screening begins in Dharavi, BMC Eyes More Rapid Screening

The slum zone of Dharavi reported 28 cases of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 so far. As one of the most densely populated localities of Mumbai, Dharavi has most chances of COVID-19 positive cases. As for now, there are 4 deaths reported from Dharavi which included the latest case of an 80-year old patient from Baliganagar who breathed her last in the municipal corporation governed hospital, Kasturba Hospital, on Friday.

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), on Saturday, April 11, resumed the screening process in the slum zone of Dharavi, to determine the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infected residents. The screening process began on Friday where the civic body is eyeing at examining the 7.5 lac residents of Dharavi. The BMC team comprise of 150 doctors backed by Maharashtra Medical Association (MMA).


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The slum zone of Dharavi reported 28 cases of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 so far. As one of the most densely populated localities of Mumbai, Dharavi has most chances of COVID-19 positive cases. As for now, there are 4 deaths reported from Dharavi which included the latest case of an 80-year old patient from Baliganagar who breathed her last in the municipal corporation governed hospital, Kasturba Hospital, on Friday.

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The civic body is eyeing at rapid screening process in Dharavi for the next two more weeks. As a part of screening process, the doctors are checking the body temperature of the residents and the symptoms of COVID-19. Those suspicious of COVID-19 are further checked and sent in the quarantine center to break the chain of transmission.

Maharashtra Health Minister, Rajesh Tope, on Friday, revealed the state government’s plan to disinfect the densely populated localities of Mumbai using drones. The drones will also be used by the police force for surveillance of the effectiveness and regulation of the lockdown across the localities, informed Tope.

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Another locality of Mumbai, Dadar, reported five new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. This number included four cases from a single family who came in contact with a COVID-19 patient recently. It is to be noted that Mumbai has 1,182 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 while 75 have lost their lives in the city due to COVID-19. If the report of Saturday is concerned from Mumbai, 11 COVID-19 positive patients lost their lives due to COVID-19.

The Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, announced, on Saturday, that the lockdown till April 14 has been extended till April 30.

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Thackeray, further confirmed that by the morning of Saturday, 33,000 people in the state were screened and tested for COVID-19. Out of these 33,000 tests, 19,000 alone was conducted in Mumbai, of which, 1,000 were tested positive.

He also affirmed that Maharashtra will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic situation and come out brave. Maharashtra’s total tally of positive confirmed cases of COVID-19 touched 1,666 on Saturday with the addition of 92 new cases.


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