The deceased had a garment shop at AKG Nagar in Dharavi. (Photo Credit: IANS)
A 46-year-old resident of Mumbai’s Dharavi - notorious as Asia’s biggest slum in central Mumbai, who had contracted contagious coronavirus died on Wednesday evening, prompting the administration to seal the building where he lived. The man, who lived in a building constructed under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme, had no foreign travel history. He was shifted to the government-run Sion hospital after his health deteriorated this evening, said a health official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
After he died at the hospital, around 300 tenements in the building and around 30 shops were cordoned off by police. Residents of the building have been quarantined at home.
The deceased had a garment shop at AKG Nagar in Dharavi, the official said.
Mumbai has recorded over 180 coronavirus cases and about a dozen deaths of COVID-19 patients so far.
The number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra increased by 33 to 335 on Wednesday, a health official said.
Thirty of these cases were found in Mumbai alone, two in Pune and one in Buldhana, he said. The state had reported 302 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope had said earlier in the day that the number of cases would increase further because there were around 5,000 persons in “high-risk” category.
Relatives or close friends of these people had tested positive for COVID-19 (making it likely that they might have caught the infection too), he said.
With PTI Inputs