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Letters Covid-19 in India

Covid-19 in India: Dharavi’s success story

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 25 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3264
  1. Ashutosh Kumar, assistant professor1 2,
  2. Vikas Pareek, junior research scientist1 3,
  3. Ravi K Narayan, senior resident doctor1 2,
  4. Kamla Kant, assistant professor1 4,
  5. Cheena Kapoor, freelance journalist1
  1. 1Etiologically Elusive Disorders Research Network, New Delhi, India
  2. 2Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, India
  3. 3National Brain Research Center, Manesar, Haryana, India
  4. 4Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bathinda, India
  1. drashutoshkumar{at}

Epidemics are supposed to hit urban areas with dense populations and poor socioeconomic conditions—slums—hardest.1 Globally, covid-19 is following this pattern. We have, however, seen a rare exception in Dharavi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Dharavi has the dubious honour of being Asia’s largest slum. It has an area of 2.1 km2 and a …

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