Asia's largest slum in Mumbai reports zero Covid-19 case after 267 days; India's total now at …

MUMBAI, Dec 26 (Xinhua): Asia’s largest slum in India’s financial capital Mumbai drew a blank score for fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday night (Dec 25) for the first time after 267 days, after it reported the first case on April 1 this year.

“A ‘zero’ that will be remembered as the best score ever!” the city’s civic authority BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on the social media.

There were several days in the past when a solitary case was reported but Friday was the first time when no case has been reported from the Dharavi slum, a civic official said.

Spread over 613 hectares and home to some 1 million people before the pandemic broke out, the densely congested slum had reported 3,788 cases so far, of which 312 people were reported dead.

The slum, which was once a hotspot for the Covid-19, now has a total of 12 cases of which eight are home quarantine while the rest are under treatment at the civic-run hospital, said Kiran Dighavkar, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of BMC.

BMC was running nine quarantine facilities in schools, sports complexes, hostels and community halls to accommodate people and had also taken over five private hospital in the area for providing critical care.

Mumbai has also seen a steady decline in the number of cases with 8,218 active cases and 11,056 deaths reported in all, while India has 281,667 active cases with 147,343 deaths so far.

Meanwhile, India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,169,118 on Saturday (Dec 26) as 22,273 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the country’s health ministry.

According to the data, the death toll mounted to 147,343 as 251 Covid-19 patients died since Friday morning.

There are still 281,667 active cases in the country, while 9,740,108 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment.

Meanwhile, the federal government has ramped up Covid-19 testing facilities across the country, as more than 160 million tests have been conducted.

As many as 167,159,289 tests had been conducted till Friday, out of which 853,527 tests were conducted on Friday alone, said the latest data issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday.

Delhi has been one of the most Covid-19 affected places in the country. As many as 758 new cases and 30 deaths were registered in the national capital through Friday.

So far as many as 10,414 people have died in the national capital due to Covid-19, confirmed the Delhi’s health department. – Xinhua


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