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Dharavi Sees Zero Covid Infection First Time In 3rd Wave, Mumbai Logs 1,312 Cases

For the first time since the latest surge in coronavirus cases began in Mumbai, the slum-dominated Dharavi area of the metropolis recorded no new infections.

A BMC health worker collects swab sample of an outstation passenger for COVID-19 test at Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj terminus in Mumbai, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. (PTI)

Mumbai: For the first time since the latest surge in coronavirus cases began in Mumbai, the slum-dominated Dharavi area of the metropolis on Friday recorded no new infections, a civic official said.

Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner, G- North ward, said new cases fell to zero in the densely-populated area after 39 days. It had recorded zero cases last on December 20, 2021.

The area now has 43 active cases, 11 of them hospitalized, Dighavkar added.
Dharavi’s coronavirus caseload is 8,581, of whom 8,121 have recovered. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation does not publish the number of deaths from the area.

It had logged a record 150 new cases on January 6, 2022, before the numbers started dipping. Dharavi, teeming with shanties and micro-industrial units over 2.5 sq km area, has a population of around 6.5 lakh

Meanwhile, Mumbai recorded 1,312 fresh cases of Covid-19 infections and 4,990 recoveries in the last 24 hours. Mumbai logged 10,09,374 total recoveries with a recovery rate of 97 per cent. The daily growth rate of covid-19 infections stood at 0.27 per cent making a total tally of active cases to 14,344 cases.

Maharashtra reported 24,948 fresh Covid-19 cases, almost 45,648 recoveries and 103 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total active cases of infection in the state reached 2,66,586 cases. Maharashtra also reported 110 positive cases for Omicron.

India reported 2,51,209 new COVID cases, 627 related-deaths and 3,47,443 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate saw a drop from 19.5 per cent to 15.8 per cent. The total number of active cases in the country now stands at 21,05,611.

The weekly positivity rate is at 17.47 per cent while the recovery rate in the nation stands at 93.60 per cent. A total of 72.37 crore tests have been conducted so far, with 15,82,307 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.

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