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Slum dweller dies as ‘eighth’ victim of COVID-19, about 125 families to be shifted

Sixteen corona positive patients have been found in a densely populated slum area of Ganesh Deval Nagar in Bhayandar(West) and one of them has died as the eighth victim of COVID-19 in Mira-Bhayandar. Fearing a rapid spread of corona infection, the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has decided to shift about 100 to 125 families near Delta Garden at Mira Road to prevent corona infection and decongest the area.

Ganesh Deval Nagar is a densely populated slum at the end of the Shiv Sena. Both places have become hotspot within some days.  Despite the lockdown, one can see vendors are selling goods in the early morning and at night without following the social distancing. Eleven people in the same area were reportedly infected with the coronavirus on Thursday. Earlier, five people from the area were admitted to the hospital.

On May 01, a tailor who worked in Mumbai was admitted to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar (Shatabdi) Hospital in Kandivali where he succumbed to his injuries. However, sources said that the death was not recorded by the MBMC in its daily report. The dead patient’s wife came in contact with some others and they became infected with the coronavirus. They came here to give condolence to his wife. Apart from this, vegetable sellers, grocery shopkeepers and autorickshaw driver have also become infected.

The growing infection of corona among slum dwellers has become a matter of concern for officials. Municipal Commissioner Chandrakant Dange, Deputy Commissioner Sambhaji Waghmare, Medical Officer and other officials inspected the slum on Friday.

Deputy Commissioner Waghmare said that considering the dense population, it has been decided to isolate about 100 to 125 families from the vicinity in a separate building near Delta Garden at Mira Road for 14 days.

MBMC will take care of the meals

The municipality will make all the arrangements for the family meal at that place. In addition to disinfecting the area, house-to-house inspections, masks etc. are being provided and awareness is being spread.

According to sources, “On Saturday, some families have been shifted to the Delta Garden’s shelter room. However, it shortage the food packets there. People started shouting.

Sources further said, “Till 5 pm people here had not received lunch. They were shouting and asking for a senior official to be present there.”       

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