Coronavirus reaches Mumbai slums, a 52-year-old sanitization worker tests positive in Dharavi

  • More than half of Maharashtra’s Coronavirus cases are from Mumbai. The state has total infections of 335.
  • A 52-year-old man from Asia's largest slum Dharavi, who tested Coronavirus positive had developed symptoms and was advised by BMC officials to get treatment.
  • A 46-year-old woman from Dombivali town in Thane district who returned on March 10 from Bangkok died at her home.
A 52-year-old man from Asia's largest slum Dharavi, who tested Coronavirus positive had developed symptoms and was advised by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials to get treatment.

According to officials from BMC, his condition is stable, and his family members & 23 colleagues have been advised to quarantine at home.

An hour ago to this, a 46-year-old woman from Dombivali town in Thane district who returned on March 10 from Bangkok died at her home.


She was suspected of having died of COVID-19 symptoms, but her test reports are awaited. A patient of hypertension and diabetes, after her foreign trip, she had complaints of vomiting, fever and diarrhoea, for which she consulted a local doctor who a day later, on Tuesday, referred her to a local hospital.

However, considering her symptoms, she was advised to visit the Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai, but she refused and instead stayed at her home where she succumbed that day (March 31).

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asked for 50 private doctors to help in containing the pandemic. But as many as 250 signed up to help the civic body, according to reports from Mumbai Mirror.


Out of 250, 115 of them will undergo training today and will be deployed on Saturday (March 28) at five civic hospitals where Coronavirus patients are admitted.

The number of Coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra increased to 149 after ten new cases were detected, according to the Ministry of Health data. Out of which, more than 70 are from Mumbai. The state also recorded five deaths so far, all from Mumbai.

BMC disinfects hospitals, toilets and Mumbai roads

The BMC has been disinfecting hospital premises and public toilets using mass sanitizers. The Mumbai government today (March 27) sanitised Mankhurd area with the help of the Fire Brigade Department.

Further, the BMC will be disinfecting all public locations that attract large crowds. On Tuesday (March 24), the government carried out large-scale disinfection of Nair and KEM hospitals, and a dispensary at Antop Hill.

Coronavirus reaches Mumbai slums

At least four people in Mumbai’s crowded slums tested positive, according to Mumbai Mirror report. It includes a 65-year-old resident of a chawl in Parel, a 37-year-old resident of Kalina’s Jambhulpada slum, a 25-year-old man and a 68-year-old from a slum cluster in Ghatkopar.


The 65-year-old woman from Parel ran a food mess in Prabhadevi and served many working in upscale business centres, making contact tracing a mighty task. The 37-year old man in Kalina’s Jambhulpada slum worked as a waiter in Italy and tested positive after coming back from Italy. The slum has 800 houses and less than a hundred toilets.

Mumbai man kills brother for wanting to go out during lockdown

In an unprecedented incident, a Mumbai man allegedly killed his younger brother for trying to step out of the home during the ongoing 21-day lockdown period, police said here on Thursday.

The incident took place at Poisar slum colony in the north-west suburb of Kandivali, said an official of Samata Nagar Police Station.

According to investigations, Durgesh L. Thakur, 21, who worked in a private company in Pune, insisted on stepping out of the house during the lockdown period to buy essentials.

His elder brother Rajesh L. Thakur, 28, who runs a saloon, and his wife tried to stop him from going out, but the adamant younger brother refused to heed them.

In the huge altercation that followed, Rajesh allegedly picked up an iron pan and rod and brutally assaulted his younger brother, who subsequently died of severe injuries.

600 Mumbaikars go on self-quarantine

The city now has around 600 people who ‘self-quarantined’ at their homes after a history of recent foreign travel.

“For passengers from high-risk countries, quarantine norms will be applicable for those showing symptoms. Those without symptoms will mandatorily be home-quarantined for 14 days with follow-up calls to ensure they are not carriers,” he added.


The BMC also plans to increase its testing capabilities from existing 200 daily to more at different public hospitals and expand facilities at private hospitals.

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Total Coronavirus infections at 808 leaving 67 cured and 17 dead in India