Powai has been hit with yet another case of the Coronavirus putting the total number of COVID-19 cases in the upscale suburb at six. Out of these six patients, three have been successfully discharged, while the remaining half are still undergoing treatment.
The latest patient tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday April 9, 2020, following which the patient was taken to a quarantine centre by officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) health department.
The patient lived in one of Powai’s densely populated slum dwellings and has been identified as the spouse of another 34-year-old who had been tested positive of the coronavirus in the area. The BMC has officially sealed the area and declared it a containment zone, with additional manpower from the Powai police station deployed there to maintain law and order and prosecute violators in order to prevent community spreading.
Speaking about this development, the Municipal Medical Officer told this publication, “In view of the possibility of community spreading in the densely populated slum, the patient was promptly taken to a quarantine facility at a government hospital, while her relative has been taken to a private hospital for testing. The entire area has been sealed, and swabs of the patient’s saliva collected.”
However, residents from the area have claimed that it was the patient’s relatives who had barged in through the sealed area at midnight to take her, with no BMC health department official being present there. This entire development is believed to have put the entire community at risk.
Speaking about this turn of events Ward 122 nominated corporator Srinivas Tripathisaid, “It is true that there has been gross negligence by the administrative authorities, however this is not the right time to blame them as morale is at stake. I have spoken to all the concerned authorities and made sure that there are no further lapses.”
Powai’s first positive case of COVID-19 that of a 44-year-old woman, residing in a high-profile society in Powai. She had a foreign travel history and contracted the virus during one of her travels. The second case was that of a businessman living in a residential complex in IIT Powai. This patient too had an extensive foreign travel history and contracted the virus while abroad.
Around that time, a small business owner residing in one of Powai’s densely populated slums was found positive of the virus. Last week saw two more residents from the same slum dwelling contracting the coronavirus. The latest case also comes from the same slum establishment and has been a case of local community spreading.