Bhilwara strikes back, just one Covid-19 case in 9 days

JAIPUR: In the past nine days, only a single case of Covid-19 has been reported, which was once called the Indian coronavirus hotbed. However, health authorities are vigilant and are adopting a policy of waiting until April 12.

The last case, number 27 in the city, was reported on April 4. The patient had come for treatment at the OPD of a private hospital, which was the epicenter of the outbreak. As of March 30, only a single case had been reported.

As on Wednesday, the district administration had yet to make an important decision. “The situation continues to change every day. Therefore, we have decided to wait and see until April 12. We plan our strategy according to the situation, ”Rajendra Bhatt, district collector (Bhilwara) told TOI.

On April 13, the second phase of ruthless containment in Bhilwara will end. The first phase began on March 20, a day after the first Covid-19 case was reported from a private hospital in Bhilwara.

The first phase continued for 14 days and ended on April 3. During these two weeks, the district administration imposed the curfew on Bhilwara and sealed the boundaries to restrict the movement of people. However, during that period, they continued to supply the essentials daily.

Starting April 3, they enforced the curfew with more restrictions. Edible products were supplied only once in each room from April 3 to date. The district administration prepared a schedule and set a schedule for supplying items to people's doors to prevent them from venturing out.

Teams from Jaipur and Udaipur have been camping in Bhilwara. These teams helped local authorities make the containment a success.

Dr. Romel Singh, who came from Jaipur and was appointed as the nodal officer for the containment of Covid-19, said: “When we got here, there was a lot of work to be done, which was made possible with the help of the police and the department. of health. The ruthless containment model became a success as all departments came together to work for the same cause.

The state government has made the decision to establish a laboratory at the Bhilwara government hospital. A health department official said they had established a laboratory for the Covid-19 test and now require an ICMR approval to begin the installation. Currently, they send their samples to the government-run medical school in Udaipur.