The states are quick to stop the spread of viruses and rumors

NEW DELHI: As the scare comes home, the states are rushing to plug holes in health surveillance, establish preventive mechanisms and stop the panic fueled by a wave of rumors and misinformation, as two more positive reports were reported. Monday.

In Telangana, two consecutive cabinet meetings were held on Tuesday to review the situation and design an action plan. One of the decisions made was to send a team to Kerala on Wednesday to talk with officials there about what they did well to combat the threat after the first case was reported. In the district of Hyderabad, fences will appear containing information on new coronaviruses in three languages: Telugu, Hindi and English, as part of an awareness campaign to combat fear. Telangana is also improving the capacity of its dedicated call centers to answer queries related to the coronavirus.

Rajasthan has also been on high alert since an Italian tourist tested positive for Covid-19. CM Ashok Gehlot He took stock of the state's preparation at an emergency meeting on Monday night, after which the health department issued a notice to all hotels to fumigate the rooms in which a large group of Italian tourists had stayed during his trip to Rajasthan. The health department is also preparing a list of hotel staff that was in contact with tourists.

Surveillance of patients with severe acute respiratory infection has been strengthened in the 33 districts. A series of awareness activities have been planned to destroy myths and dispel rumors. “Rapid response teams have been formed in all districts. Hotel sanitation is underway. We are advising people not to panic. They just need to remain vigilant and follow basic hygiene regularly, ”additional chief secretary (health) Rohit Kumar Singh told TOI.

In Bangalore, health minister B Sriramulu said: “Karnataka has established 630 beds in isolation rooms in hospitals exclusively for suspicious cases. In addition, 1,689 beds have been reserved in private hospitals. The international passenger inspection of the affected countries had begun at Bengaluru airport on January 20. Until Monday, 39,391 people underwent a thermal evaluation. Of the 468 people who had come from countries affected by viruses, 284 were recommended home isolation. Of these, 179 have completed the mandatory 28 days of observation. All samples of suspicious cases have been negative.