COVID-19 cases detected in four separate Mumbai slum clusters

COVID-19 cases detected in four separate Mumbai slum clusters

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation worker fumigates Byculla market area as a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus during lockdown, in Mumbai. PTI

Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service
Mumbai, March 26

Mumbai is on the threshold of a major healthcare challenge as cases of people testing positive for the COVID-19 virus have been reported from four separate slum clusters in different part of the metropolis.

According to officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, two cases of COVID-19 have been reported from a slum in Ghatkopar in the central suburbs, one case each from a slum at Kalina in the western suburbs and a chawl at Parel in central Mumbai.

Civic officials say a 68-year-old maid from the Ghatkopar slum contracted the virus from the house of her employer who returned from a foreign country.

A 25-year old man from the same slum cluster was found to be positive for COVID-19 with officials stating that he may have contracted the virus from the maid.

Relatives of the maid tested negative for the virus as of now.

The authorities have quarantined them at a quarantine facility as the shack they occupy in the slum does not have its own toilet and running water, according to sources.

Health department sources admit that a major blunder was committed when they asked a 37-year-old resident of a Kalina slum to quarantine himself at home earlier this month.

The man, who worked as a waiter in Italy, did not show any signs of the virus when he returned home.

The authorities had not previously checked his place of residence before asking him to quarantine himself at home.

“He lives in a slum in Kalina housing some 25,000 people. There is no running water and people have to share several toilet blocks,” a health department official said.

After the man was found to be positive for the virus, several other people he came into contact for the past few days are being screened.

The fourth case is however proving to be tricky for healthcare officials.

The 65-year old woman from a Parel chawl, houses occupied by working class people, used to run a small food stall frequented by people who worked in the corporate offices located at the Indiabulls Centre.

“The woman had no history of foreign travel and it is quite likely that she got the virus from someone who used to come to her food stall,” a health department official said.

While the immediate relatives of the woman are being quarantined, the authorities want people who may have come into contact with her to isolate themselves at home.

Top Stories

Centre worried lockdown exemptions for farmers not percolating to field level

Centre worried lockdown exemptions for farmers not percolating to field level

More relaxations for agriculture-farming sector, tea industr...

22,000 Tablighi Jamaat members, their contacts identified, quarantined: Govt

22,000 Tablighi Jamaat members, their contacts identified, quarantined: Govt

'Rate of rise in coronavirus cases in India less than other ...

Coronavirus: Punjab announces Rs 50-lakh cover for frontline cops, sanitation workers

Coronavirus: Punjab announces Rs 50-lakh cover for frontline cops, sanitation workers

Finalise security plan for smooth procurement: CM to DGP

India-US to deploy full strength to fight Covid: PM Modi

India-US to deploy full strength to fight Covid: PM Modi

Research institutions from two countries engaged in multinat...

Cities

View All

Two Jamaatis test +ve in Mohali, district count 12

Belong to Kumbhra and Mauli Baidwan, admitted to hospital

Grocery stores in Chandigarh run short of branded stock

Companies, distributors yet to streamline delivery system, a...

19-year-old budding golfer converts backyard into range

Aadil, who won his maiden PGTI title last month, tries innov...

Healthy baby born to Covid-19 positive woman at AIIMS; first such case in Delhi

The baby's mother who was nine-months pregnant had tested po...

Delhi reports 91 new cases in 24 hrs; total rises to 384

CM launches WhatsApp helpline 8800007722 for info on Covid-1...

Bust virus myths via ‘Chai and Why?’

TIFR will interact with people to give them scientific knowl...

Not wearing mask may land you FIR

Police have registered several FIRs under Disaster Managemen...

Shimlapuri patient off ventilator, stable

Health team searches for contacts

Patiala villagers self-isolate

Seal entry and exit points of their area/localities

Mosques inspected

Fear being created by fake video: Patient

Says person shown in clip not me, urges people to follow hea...