MUMBAI: The health authorities and police have initiated a stronger lockdown in Dharavi, the biggest slum in the Asia continent as the coronavirus outbreak keeps rapidly growing in the state of Maharashtra, as per officials on 9 April 2020.
The region, which is worth 2.25 square kilometres with 10 localities have been red-flagged and all sorts of movement by people have been put to a stop. This also includes shops for vegetables/fruits of hawkers, vendors have shut down, other than pharmacies.
BMC or the Brihan Mumbai Corporation has planned to come up with a doorstep delivery system to put people of that area at ease. The delivery will be taking place for just essential goods and shall begin soon.
The representative of Dharavi constituency, Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad and Health Minister Rajesh Tope also visited hospitals and established quarantine centres within her constituency on Wednesday for the purpose of spot assessment regarding the circumstance.
After a cabinet meeting which was held today i.e. 9 April 2020, Gaikwad spoke to the media and said, "We have requested state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to direct the police to strictly enforce lockdown in this area to prevent the spread of coronavirus. We have also requested the government to provide more ventilators for the hospitals here, speed up test reports for those in quarantine as more and more people keep coming here daily."
Currently, Dharavi has had 1 death and around 13 positive COVID-19 cases.