WHO chief praises efforts to regulate COVID-19 in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum

Geneva, July 11

The World Health Organisation has praised the efforts taken to comprise the unfold of the COVID-19 in Dharavi, one of many world’s largest slums, underscoring the necessity for neighborhood engagement together with nationwide unity and world solidarity to show the pandemic round.

Dharavi, which is situated in India’s business capital Mumbai, is unfold over an space of two.5 sq. kilometres and has a inhabitants of 650,000. People reside in shanties and dilapidated buildings with slender lanes and open sewers.

The first COVID-19 affected person in Dharavi was discovered on April 1, practically three weeks after Mumbai recorded its maiden optimistic case on March 11.

Addressing a digital press convention right here on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated there have been many examples from all over the world which have proven that even when the outbreak may be very intense, it will probably nonetheless be introduced again below management.

“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai,” Ghebreyesus stated.

On June 9, the tally of the coronavirus instances in Dharavi, as soon as a COVID-19 hotspot within the metropolis, reached 2,347 after 9 new infections have been detected.

Mumbai has recorded over 88,000 COVID-19 instances and 5,129 deaths.

Dharavi has solely 291 energetic COVID-19 instances, whereas 1,815 sufferers have recovered and discharged from COVID-19 amenities.

Ghebreyesus additionally underlined that solely aggressive motion mixed with nationwide unity and world solidarity can flip the COVID-19 pandemic round.

He additionally confused the significance of management, neighborhood participation and collective solidarity to regulate the virus.

“A strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus,” he added.

On Saturday, India’s COVID-19 tally reached 8.2 lakh with 27,114 new instances with 22,123 deaths.

According to the Johns Hopkins University information, globally, there are over 12 million COVID-19 instances and the illness has claimed over 560,000 lives. PTI

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