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Second coronavirus positive case found in Dharavi

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The second positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Asia’s largest slum Dharavi, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stated.

A 52-year-old BMC sanitisation worker has been found positive for the virus. He resides in the Worli area, but was posted at Dharavi for cleaning, BMC informed.

The man who tested positive had developed symptoms and was advised by the BMC to get treatment. His family members & 23 colleagues have been quarantined.

Earlier on Wednesday, a 56-year-old man from the Dharavi area who tested positive for coronavirus, died at SION hospital. He had symptoms like fever, cough, respiratory issues and also had co-morbid conditions like renal failure. The other seven members of his family have been placed under home quarantine and the building he lived in has been sealed.

Dharavi is a densely populated slum in Mumbai with over 15 lakh people, spread over 613 hectares, and could very likely become an infection hotspot. Many media reports claim that social distancing in such a densely populated slum is unthinkable. Media reports stated that five to eight people share a 100 sq ft room on an average in the area. According to the guidelines of social distancing set by WHO, one person should get to stay a minimum of 20 sq ft of area, but in Dharavi, it is less than 10 sq ft.

Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of 335 positive coronavirus cases in the country along with 13 deaths. In India, the total number of positive cases has risen to 1965 on Thursday and the death toll from the deadly virus reached 50.

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