No Covid death in 1 week, 13 cases on Sunday

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Only 10 cases were reported on Saturday; Dharavi has so far reported 71 deaths and 1,912 cases


The city’s biggest hotspot Dharavi has not reported a single Covid-19 death since May 30. On June 6 and June 7, the area reported just 10 and 13 cases, respectively. Dharavi has seen a total of 1,912 cases since the onset of the pandemic. So far, the area has reported 71 deaths, most of them in April.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani who looks after the health portfolio said, “We have concentrated a lot on Dharavi, and hence good results.”

Dharavi had reported a record 91 cases on April 29. On May 7, the number marginally came down to 84. Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kiran Dighavkar of G-North Ward said, “Screening at fever camps and isolation were keys to reduction in the number of cases. The low mortality is due to timely treatment.” He said those who have succumbed had comorbidities and had reported late to hospitals.



Dighavkar said his ward took over three hospitals – Sai Hospital (51 beds), Family Care (30 beds) and Prabhat Nursing Home (30 beds) in the second week of April. He said some other cases were sent to Sion Hospital. He also credited the BMC’s parallel measures of supplying essentials to the doorstep of residents in containment areas for bringing the numbers down.

Dighavkar added that the BMC has also taken over various places in the neighbourhood and turned them into isolation and quarantine facilities. “While 38,000 people were quarantined at home, 8,500 have been in institutional quarantine facilities. This helped us contain the spread here,” he said.

DHARAVI’S FIGHT


Cases in G-North Ward: 2,957

Cases in Dharavi: 1,912

Deaths: 71

Cases on April 29: 91

Cases on June 6: 10

Cases on June 7: 13

No deaths since May 31

In photos: Crowds flock to Marine Drive, Juhu beach as lockdown restrictions ease

Mumbai itches to go back to routine

As lockdown restrictions ease, the crowds increase. Mumbai’s iconic Marine Drive and Juhu beach saw scores of people enjoying a Sunday outside after months of lockdown. This sight would have been a normal one if it was pre-COVID. But six months of 2020 in, with a pandemic still rising to its peak, the sight was a frightening one. Although bare precautions were taken — such as wearing masks — the lack of social distancing raised concerns among many over social media.

Many are now itching to get back into routine and resume their day-to-day activities — the traffic jams provide enough evidence. While the eased restrictions allow individuals to head outside to get a breath of fresh air and exercise throughout the morning, the guidelines strictly ask individuals to follow social distancing and wearing face masks. Yes, it’s not easy being cooped up inside homes, especially in Mumbai, where some live in spaces that are very cramped but here’s hoping that while Mumbaikars step out, they also keep an eye on their own safety and hygiene. Maharashtra has already crossed China’s numbers on coronavirus cases and Mumbai still has the higest number of cases across all cities in the country. Photo by Deepak Turbhekar/MMCL

A crowded Marine Drive

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A crowded Marine Drive

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A sea of restless citizens

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Mumbaikars’ Sunday outing

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Sunday out at Juhu beach

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Is wearing face masks enough?

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Sunday out at Juhu beach

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Mumbaikars’ Sunday outing

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Stay Safe, Mumbai

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