Covid-19: Mumbai police deploys drones in Dharavi and Worli
Mumbai, Apr 14: Mumbai Police on Tuesday have deployed drones for surveillance in Covid-19 hotspot areas of Dharavi and Worli.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said, "These drones are being used to spread awareness about social distancing and for surveillance."
Six test positive for Covid-19 in Mumbai's Dharavi, total cases rise to 55 in the area following four deaths.
Mumbai: Police have deployed drones for surveillance in COVID19 hotspot areas of Dharavi and Worli. Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh says, "These drones are being used to spread awareness about social distancing and for surveillance". pic.twitter.com/kHqOeaKnKv— ANI (@ANI) April 14, 2020
Also, Mumbai's Worli Koliwada declared a Covid-19 containment zone and movement of people restricted.
Mumbai's slums have emerged as hotbeds for Covid-19, and they are adding to the rising cases of infections in the financial city. Dharavi, Asia's biggest slum which is around 5 km away from Mumbai's key business district and home to India's biggest stock exchange, is in the spotlight for a steadily increasing the coronavirus count.
Maharashtra Medical Council officers have started door-to-door testing of residents of Dharavi.
According to health experts, stopping the virus from breaking loose in Dharavi and other slums might be the key to preventing hospitals from getting overwhelmed in Mumbai.
Other areas like Worli Koliwada and Govandi have also emerged as virus clusters.
A big number of migrant workers are these days sitting idle in the slum and are being provided food by local bodies. The fear now is that when the lockdown will be lifted, these migrants will have to leave for their homes in other states, taking the virus to roam around where medical facilities are scarce.
With 121 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, state tally surges to 2,334 with 160 dead as of 14th April.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday has announced about extension of nationwide lockdown till May 3 to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the nation.