India struggles to contain coronavirus, enforce lockdown in sprawling city slums
By Rupam Jain and Rajendra Jadhav
MUMBAI (Reuters) - India faces an uphill battle to contain coronavirus outbreaks in the slums of the vast financial capital Mumbai amid fears the virus is gathering pace in the dense, unsanitary alleyways where it is next to impossible to enforce a full lockdown.
India, the world's second most populous country after China with 1.3 billion people, has reported more than 5,800 cases of the virus, including 169 deaths, a far cry from the high tolls in several European countries and the United States.
But the western state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, has emerged as a hotspot with over 1,100 of those cases.
Mumbai's seaside Worli Koliwada slum is in an area that had 184 reported cases on Wednesday, as per the latest data, up from 133 the previous day. In the area home to Mumbai's Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, 12 had tested positive as of Wednesday, up from eight the previous day.
Mumbai authorities say the city's high number of cases in part stems from more aggressive testing.
The local go nment says it has been able to quarantine more than 24,000 people to stem the outbreak, but officials privately acknowledge they face a daunting task in the slums.
"In housing societies, we need to trace a dozen people, but in slums we must find hundreds," said one official with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a nationwide lockdown until April 14, saying it is the only way to avoid a catastrophe in India, where the public health system is weak.
But while police patrolled main roads on Thursday, food markets deep in Dharavi were open and humming, according to a Reuters photographer.
"The police charge at anyone who tries to venture out with sticks, but that has no effect," said bank employee Ajay Kewat in Dharavi.
Yashwant Pandey, a police inspector, said it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep people inside.
"Sometimes they get angry when we tell them to go indoors and they threaten to start a protest," he said.
While many slum residents say they approve of the lockdown, they also said they were struggling to stay inside hot, cramped single-room slums and were worried about the economic toll.
"My daughter-in-law has to change her clothes, feed the 3-month-old child, so I have to sit outside. She feels awkward," said Ismail Mukam, who runs a tannery in Dharavi.
Amid fears of more infections, some Dharavi residents barricaded their alleyways with planks and sticks, even a cart and a bicycle.
"Please note - outsiders are not allowed," read one sign.
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I've been surprised that, to date, it has not run like a wildfire through the population. That may be changing. It would be a humanitarian disaster. India challenges China for population and density, but does not have nearly the infrastructure or resources. I hope they manage to somehow contain it, but it would take nothing short of a miracle.
If that virus busts out in India they are going to lose a TON of people.
Just wait and see the carnage in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan.
Inaccurate reports throughout the country.Just impossible task to deal with slums. Sad situation.
Problem is that getting real numbers out of India will be nearly impossible.
just getting started there...wait and see...
US and the west struggling much more
Thank the gods...Telemarketers quit calling!
Ladies and gentlemen, the real time bomb has yet to explode. India, Africa and Latin America will soon be in a world of hurt, unfortunately.
India should be OK, confirmed cases over are way lower than the rest of world. May be the hot weather over there stop the spreading of the virus.
maybe get the police to beat people a little bit harder
Just a beginning lookout
The wildfire has just started there.
I hope it does not spread in the Slums of India, which are the most densely populated areas in the World.
Last week one person died in one the slums of Bombay. The Density of the population there is 300,000 people per square mile.
All the houses or shanties, whatever you may call them, have electricity and a TV, but they don't have any toilets.
They have one common toilet for every 1,400 people.
Hell, seems to me the sprawling slums is the perfect place for the RONA to settle in.
proud bay man
How in the world will they feed that many people in lock-down?
India is so nasty scientist are having a difficult time understanding how the virus is able to survive there.
I watched hours of video coverage of india. The entire developed nation is a slum.
Numbers don’t lie. Where they are headed is anyone’s guess but as of now: with a population of 300+ millions, USA has 493,426 cases; India with a population of 1,300 million has 7,598. Who do you think has controlled the spread of the virus better?
Vlad the Impailer
India is doomed.......
whole country is a garbage dump and the people all cheapskates
The Ladies Man
Damn, drinking all that cow urine for nothing.
TIME TO LOSE ALL USELESS people and reduce World Population