The World Health Organisation has praised the efforts taken to incorporate the unfold of the COVID-19 in Dharavi, one of the world’s largest slums, underscoring the need for neighborhood engagement alongside with countrywide solidarity and global solidarity to flip the pandemic around. Dharavi, which is positioned in India’s business capital Mumbai, unfolds over a location of 2.5 square kilometers and has a populace of 650,000. People stay in shanties and dilapidated constructions with slim lanes and open sewers.

The first COVID-19 patient in Dharavi was determined on April 1, almost three weeks after Mumbai recorded its maiden effective case on March 11. Addressing a digital press conference here on Friday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated there had been many examples from around the world that have proven that even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought again below control.

“And some of these examples are Italy, Spain, and South Korea, and even in Dharavi – a densely packed location in the megacity of Mumbai,” Ghebreyesus said.

On June 9, the tally of the coronavirus instances in Dharavi, once a COVID-19 hotspot in the city, reached 2,347 after nine new infections have been detected.

Mumbai has recorded over 88,000 COVID-19 cases and 5,129 deaths.

Dharavi has solely 291 lively COVID-19 cases, while 1,815 patients have recovered and discharged from COVID-19 facilities. Ghebreyesus additionally underlined that solely aggressive motion combined with countrywide solidarity and world cohesion can flip the COVID-19 pandemic around.

He also confused about the significance of leadership, neighborhood participation, and collective team spirit to control the virus.

“A strong focal point on neighborhood engagement and the fundamentals of testing, tracing, separating and treating all those that are sick is key to breaking the chains of transmission and suppressing the virus,” he added.

On Saturday, India’s COVID-19 tally reached 8.2 lakh with 27,114 new instances with 22,123 deaths.

According to the Johns Hopkins University data, globally, there are over 12 million COVID-19 instances and the sickness has claimed over 560,000 lives.