WORLD First COVID-19 case reported in Asia's largest slum in Mumbai


First COVID-19 case reported in Asia's largest slum in Mumbai


01:55, April 02, 2020


Heavy traffic on WEH at Jogeshwari, on September 5, 2019 in Mumbai, India. (Photo: VCG)

MUMBAI, April 1 (Xinhua) -- Asia's largest slum located in India's financial capital of Mumbai has reported the first COVID-19 case, a 56-year-old person, on Wednesday evening.

Seven members of the person's family have been quarantined and the tests on them will be conducted on Thursday, said the spokesperson for the city's Municipal Corporation.

The densely populated slum called Dharavi is spread over 613 hectares housing over 1.5 million people.

The death toll due to the COVID-19 in India on Wednesday rose to 38 as the number of confirmed cases in the country reached over 1,600, the federal health ministry said.

India's financial capital has recorded a large number of COVID-19 cases with two localities at Worli and Goregaon being declared as hotspots and sealed.

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