Two thousand teams screened 28 lakh people: Rajasthan town’s fight against COVID-19

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Amid the slew of measures taken by Rajasthan government to stop spread of coronavirus in Bhilwara was to screen a mammoth 28 lakh people.

The “ruthless” Covid-19 containment model adopted by Rajasthan’s Bhilwara since detecting the first of its 27 positive cases on March 19 has been acknowledged by the Centre as a potential template for states battling a spurt in infections.

Additional chief secretary (health) Rohit Kumar Singh, who has been driving the containment campaign in the textile city along with district collector Rajendra Bhatt has said that health department teams screened 28 lakh people in the first 14 days since a doctor in a private hospital there tested positive, Times of India reported.

The district administration constituted around 2,000 teams that went door-to-door screening a population of 28 lakh residents. Although 17 members of the hospital staff identified as the epicentre of the outbreak have since tested positive along with a few primary contacts, including their family members, the containment strategy seems to have prevented a full-blown spread so far.

The last Covid-19 case in Bhilwara was reported on Saturday – after a gap of four days without any new infections. Health officials are also relieved that there has been no positive case among the 7,000-odd patients who had visited the private hospital between March 1 and 20.

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