WHO chief praises Dharavi’s efforts to contain outbreak, adds ‘Covid cases have more than doubled in 6 weeks’

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WHO chief praises Dharavi’s efforts to contain outbreak, adds ‘Covid cases have more than doubled in 6 weeks’


Health workers wearing PPE kits conduct door-to-door medical check-up of residents of Dharavi in Mumbai.

Health workers wearing PPE kits conduct door-to-door medical check-up of residents of Dharavi in Mumbai.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspPTI

Geneva:Though India’s single-day spike in coronavirus cases is rising at an alarming rate, with more than 26,000 people testing positive for the deadly Covid-19 virus in the past 24 hours, our recovery rate has been fairly better than the rest of the world.

Even as the overall coronavirus cases in India crossed the 8 lakh mark on Friday, the recovery rate of the country is at around 63 per cent. A huge bonus for that have been the effective measures taken to contain the outbreak in critical points across the country, especially in densely-populated pockets, such as slums and resettlement colonies.

One such case has been that of Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, which is home to more than 10 lakh people. The efforts of the Maharashtra government and the Centre to contain the pandemic in the area has drawn praises from even the World Health Organisation, with the chief of the global health watchdog citing that as an example of how the virus can be brought under control.

“Today the world recorded 12 million cases. In the last six weeks cases have more than doubled. (But) there are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control. And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai – 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,”WHODirector-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday during his daily press briefing.

The recognition was accepted with open arms by Aaditya Thackeray, the Shiv Sena young gun and son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who congratulated the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for its work in the area.

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