Half of Mumbai slum dwellers who agreed to pass COVID-19 tests had a fatal infection. India is the third country with the highest number of diseases in the world – over 1.5 million – but local authorities and representatives of international organizations have concerns that lack of testing could mean: the true number of Sars-Cov-2 infections is much higher.
According to a survey quoted by the Guardian, blood tests of 6,936 randomly selected people conducted by the city of Mumbai showed that 57 per cent of slum dwellers had viral antibodies indicating they had contracted coronavirus. In Mumbai, where about 40 per cent of the population lives in slums, just over 110,000 infections and over 6,000 deaths have been reported to date.
The city, with a population of 20 million, is home to the world’s largest Dharavi slum, home to about one million people. But fatalities in the ever-expanding slum have not increased, as a result local officials have said that their active efforts to curb the spread of the virus have been effective. The study showed that asymptomatic infections in India “probably account for a high proportion of all infections. A week ago, a study conducted by the Indian government on the presence of antibodies showed that nearly a quarter of the inhabitants of the capital of New Delhi, home to 20 million people, were infected with coronavirus.