Mumbai (TEH) – A resident of one of the largest slums in the world has been proven to have died from the new coronavirus in India. Local authorities are now afraid that the virus will spread quickly there.
Up to one million people live close together in the Dharavi slum over five square kilometers. Often eight to ten people share a room. Many households use the same sanitary facilities. In order to limit the spread of the virus in the slum as possible, seven residents of the deceased’s house should not leave their homes until their coronavirus test results are available, said the official. Those affected would be provided with food and water during this time.
On Thursday there was also a second positive test result from the Dharavi slum. An infected 52-year-old garbage collector, his family, and colleagues also had to go to home quarantine.
In India – the second most populous country after China with 1.3 billion people – there are currently almost 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 50 people who have died as a result of the infection. The numbers are relatively low because India tests relatively little.