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COVID-19 update: First coronavirus patient in Dharavi, Asia's largest slum in Mumbai dies

COVID-19 update: First coronavirus patient in Dharavi, Asias largest slum in Mumbai dies

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  2 April 2020 6:45 AM GMT

MUMBAI: Dharavi in Mumbai has reported its first death from coronavirus. Dharavi is considered to be Asia’s biggest slum therefore the probability of spread of infectionCOVID-19 update: First coronavirus patient in Dharavi, Asia's largest slum in Mumbai dies can be much higher in the area. After the death of the person, the area where he stays has been sealed. The person who owns a garment shop did not have any travel history. Those in touch with the person have been stamped and quarantined. His family members’ swab has been taken and results are being awaited.

Maharashtra has witnessed one of the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Just a few days ago, in a public appeal, the state Directorate of Health Services (DHS) had said that those who travelled on a Vistara flight from Mumbai to Goa on March 22, which incidentally carried a COVID-19 positive patient, should report to the health authorities without delay.

“One of the patients declared positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 29 at Goa Medical College has travel history from New York to Mumbai and then by Vistara domestic flight UK861 from Mumbai to Goa on March 22,” a notice issued by DHS on Monday said.

“Hence, people currently in Goa who had travelled on the said flight are appealed to immediately report to Helpline 104 or call 0832-24218100/2225538 or report to the nearest health centre,” the notice said.

The person who travelled on the flight is one of the five COVID-19 positive cases in Goa and had travelled to Goa from the Bahamas via New York.

In a statement, a Vistara spokesperson said: “We have provided all relevant information to the authorities for contact tracing. Staff who had operated the flight or had come in contact with the passengers have also been asked to self quarantine.”

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