The Mumbai’s slum Dharavi reported only 12 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO praised the successful efforts in confining the coronavirus in Dharavi slum of Mumbai.
Being a slum with fewer facilities, yet confining the pandemic which had made big countries struggle, is an achievement.
In a media briefing, Ghebreyesus said: “There are many examples from around the world that have shown that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control. “And some of these examples are Italy, Spain and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed area in the megacity of Mumbai – a strong focus on community engagement and the basics of testing, tracing, isolating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus.”
He called for “aggressive action combined with national unity and global solidarity” to bring the pandemic under control. “There’s a lot of work still to be done,” he said. “From countries where there is exponential growth, to places that are loosening restrictions and now starting to see cases rise.”
Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum has total 2,359 COVID-19 cases out of which only 166 cases are active.
Uddhav Thackery, Maharashtra’s CM also praised the Dharavi’s efforts of confining the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the WHO admitted the emerging evidence of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus. Recently a group of scientists requested the WHO to update their guidelines regarding the spreading of the pandemic disease between people.
The WHO earlier said that the virus responsible for COVID-19 spreads mainly through tiny droplets ejected from nose and mouth of an infected person that small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that immediately sink to the ground.
However, according to the published open letter Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, to the Geneva-based agency, 239 scientists in 32 countries sketched evidence that they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.