Covid's spread in Mumbai's slums is a warning for all cities4 min read . Updated: 25 May 2020, 11:09 PM IST
- In Mumbai, the infection had a high concentration in slums where large populations reside in close proximity and share public facilities.
- Increasing access to sanitary facilities, training communities to undertake basic screening as well as reporting of covid cases, and sharing data can help mitigate the risk of its spread in other parts of the country.
Even as India emerges from the lockdown, covid-19 is here to stay. Its rapid spread through Mumbai’s slums demonstrates how physical distancing protocols cannot apply to highly dense urban areas in India. In the coming months, Indian cities are likely to see this pattern repeated. They have a small window of opportunity to prepare, and can do so using several relatively straightforward measures, before the human and economic costs begin to mount.
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