-Dharavi Slum to be the target area of Covid-19
-Doctors warn citizens of extreme outbreak
-Social distancing should be taken seriously in slums
April 4,2020: The death of the 56 year old man due to the COVID-19 in Dharavi slum, Mumbai, India has appeared to be very alarming for Indians. The Indian doctors have warned the country that they must be prepared to encounter an ‘onslaught’ of corona virus cases that can potentially not only cripple their health system but also start a medical crisis on an extreme level,such that not even the US and Europe are experiencing.
As reported by CNN, BMC stated that the patient who has no record of travel history tested positive for coronavirus and died just hours later as he was transferred to a local hospital, Kiran Dighavkar,Mumbai.
Considering that there is little to no mechanisms of sanitation in slums, doctors feel that the situation can be unimaginable and the outbreak would be extreme and will spread rapidly through one Indian slum if the social distancing won’t be taken seriously.
Dr. Naresh Trehan, who believes that it is important for authorities to be well aware of whether there is an outbreak in slums stated
“Once we know that one slum has got it, and we lock it down, and we feed everybody and we keep them isolated for the next two weeks, we keep them well fed, it will work its way out. We will know the critical ones, and the ones who are mild, they can be quarantined at home, and the population at large can be monitored,”
Doctors believe that the 21 day national lock down, imposed by PM Narendr Modi, should be taken extremely seriously as Indians have reported 230 cases on Friday, which brings their national tally to 2547 along with 62 dates.
The population density of Dharavi slum is known to be 30 times more than New York, and is a home to millions. Multiple coronavirus related deaths have been reported in the slums who died a few hours later after being reported.
The fear increases when we come to know that their family who has been in contact also tests positive for the virus and have to be quarantined. Doctors fear that if social distance and won’t be taken seriously then India’s tally will soon reach that of the USA and Europe.