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How UP, Rajasthan, Gujarat are dealing with virus scare

Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba who held a review meeting with the concerned authorities of the states asked them to impose travel restrictions as well as monitor the airport management

  • Rajasthan: 
    • The Rajasthan government has put its medical staff on alert after an Italian tourist was tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). The wife of the Italian tourist could also be tested positive for the deadly virus.
    • The state government announced that the newly inaugurated hospital at Rajasthan University of Health Sciences in Jaipur will have a quarantine ward and has also directed sanitisation of hotels where the group of tourists including the Italian couple stayed.
    • It also instructed authorities to screen the places they visited as well as the people who came in contact with them. The Italian couple was a part of a 23-member group that visited places across Rajasthan. The couple is currently undergoing treatment as SMS hospital in Jaipur.
    • The Rajasthan government in its medical bulletin released on Tuesday 3rd March, said that 13 patients with symptoms of coronavirus were admitted in Jaipur with one confirmed case being reported from Rajasthan. Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma also took stock of the preparations to check further transmission of the deadly virus.

  • Uttar Pradesh: 
    • Hotels and tourists sites in Agra have been instructed to inform the office of the Chief Medical Officer as soon as visitors from Italy, Iran or China arrive, so that they can be screened for coronavirus infection.
    • As soon as any information is received, a team of doctors will be dispatched to examine the visitors for symptoms of COVID-19, Chief Medical Officer of Agra Dr Mukesh Vats told PTI.
    • The Uttar Pradesh government had on January 27 directed officials to set up 10-bed isolation wards in every district hospital and medical college of the state as a precautionary measure to deal with any suspected case of coronavirus.
    • The CM Yogi Adityanath, directed that special vigil be maintained at airports and on the Indo-Nepal border. He further instructed Health Department officials to take necessary steps in coordination with the Union Health Ministry.
    • District Magistrate (DM) BN Singh Noida, along with Chief Medical Officer Dr Anurag Bhargava requested people not to panic and believe any rumours concerning the coronavirus outbreak in Delhi-NCR.
    • Issuing helpline numbers for citizen related queries (8076623612 / 6396776904) Singh said that the UP government is taking all necessary precautions to deal with the coronavirus scare in Noida.
    • Two popular schools in Noida have been shut over the fear of coronavirus, while a high-end hotel in Delhi has asked its staff to undergo self-quarantine.

  • Gujarat:
    • The Gujarat government has decided to open isolation ward in each of the 33 districts for the treatment of any suspected novel coronavirus case, while 87 people, who recently returned from the virus-hit Iran, have been kept under observation, said officials on Tuesday 3rd march
    • Moreover, 87 people, who had recently returned from Iran, where the deadly virus has claimed 77 lives so far, were kept under home quarantine, said Commissioner of Health, Jai Prakash Shivahare
    • Screening of passengers at the airport here for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is also going on.
    • In order to create awareness about the deadly virus and check its spread, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is launching a health campaign. Health officials and councillors of every ward will visit public places and go door to door to explain to residents the precautionary measures to be taken to prevent Covid-19 infection.
    • Standing Committee Chairman Amul Bhatt said that isolation wards have been set up at all AMC-run hospitals to address any eventuality. Congress corporator Ilias Qureshi has asked AMC School Board to also ensure students incorporation-run schools are given hand sanitisers and face masks.
    • The CM has urged citizens to call up 104 helpline (fever helpline) if they display any symptoms of flu so that diagnosis can be carried out at the earliest. The state government has made elaborate arrangements for proper medical treatment and has enough stock of medicines, the chief minister said.
    • Of the 35 samples collected from across Gujarat 30 are negative and the results are awaited. Ahmedabad Civil hospital has a coronavirus testing lab. MP shah medical college  at Jamnagar has also set up a testing lab

  • Andhra Pradesh
    • Andhra Pradesh on Friday 6th March, has decided to allocate Rs 200cr to meet any emergency. Rs 60cr has been allocated for setting up special wards in Vijayawada and Anantapur for the purpose
    • Officials have said that people coming from other countries have been thoroughly screened at airports. All those returning from abroad are being asked to be under observation for 14 days. 20 out of 24 suspected cases in the state have turned negative, the remaining four are awaited


  • Kerala
    • Kerala reported 5 more positive cases taking the number to 8. 732 person            are placed under surveillance and control measures against the disease. 648 are under home isolation and 84 are admitted in designated isolation facilities.
    • Pathanamthitta District Collector has declared 3-days holiday for all educational institutions in the district.
    • Kerala, which had flattened the Covid-19 curve in the previous two bouts, is on the brink of community spread with a steady spike in cases in the last 20 days, mainly due to the return of people from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
    • The state has also ramped up daily testing, which is also being cited as a reason for identifying more asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Till May 2, the state had only tested 31,183 samples as part of regular daily testing, to save test kits for emergency situation. But on May 28, the total tests in Kerala jumped to 60,685, which shows that 49% of the testing happened in the last 26 days

  • Goa:
    • The Goa government has set up ten-bed isolation ward each at three facilities to deal with suspected cases. Besides an existing ward at state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji, ten-bed isolation ward each has been set up at Community Health Centre, Chicalim (South Goa), Primary Health Centre, Sankhalim (North Goa) and TB Hospital in Margao (South Goa)

  • Bengaluru
    • In Bengaluru, where five people were suspected of being infected, an isolation ward has been set up at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD)


  • Himachal Pradesh
    • Isolation wards have been set up at designated hospitals, with health outposts created at Public Health Centre in McLeodganj in Kangra district. There are isolation wards in the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital in Shimla and the medical college in Tanda town in Kangra district.

  • Kolkata
    • The ID&BG Hospital has set up isolation wards. The state health department has also set up a camp at the airport terminal international wing to ensure immediate quarantine of flyers identified as ‘suspects’ after thermal screening.
    • Apart from the nodal hospital, all teaching hospitals in the city and eight state-run hospitals in the districts have also created isolation wards to deal with nCoV should the numbers suddenly shoot up. The statewide isolation ward infrastructure currently stands at 92 beds

  • Punjab
    • A State Rapid Response Team has been constituted, with four senior doctors, for the purpose. A control room has been established in each district, with District Rapid Response teams to maintain a 24X7 strict vigil. These are in addition to the state-level control room (phone numbers 88720-90029/0172-2920074) to response to any complaint/crisis
    • Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu informed the Chief Minister that at present, there were total 5795 persons in Punjab with travel history to affected countries. As on 5TH March Thursday, 13 persons were found symptomatic for COVID-19
    • Principal Secretary Health Anurag Aggarwal said that the Department had already designated State Nodal Officer as the Surveillance Officer, with district nodal officers also in place to manage the situation. He further disclosed that 22 district hospitals and three Government Medical Colleges have been identified to deal with any emergency. Isolation wards with bed strength of 649 had also been set up in these hospitals, and as many as 24 ventilators have been made available, of which 14 were in district hospitals and 10 in Government Medical Colleges
    • The Amritsar Airport and Mohali International Airport had sounded an alert, with advisories prominently displayed for information of passengers. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material was also on display at these airports, where Thermal Scanners had been installed and screening of the passengers had been initiated. Medical teams along with paramedics from Health Department had also been deputed

  • Odisha
    • A testing facility for detection of novel coronavirus was unveiled in a government- run medical research unit here, though no positive case of the disease has been found so far in Odisha, a senior official said.
    • The coronavirus testing facility is now available in the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), and the first sample has already been tested at the institute, which was found to be negative, health department's secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal said

  • Assam
    • An isolation ward has been set up at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital and places have been identified at all district hospitals for such wards
    • As the Assam government sounded coronavirus alert across the state, the organisers have postponed the first-ever Kaziranga Utsav which was slated to take place at the world heritage site from March 12 to 15.  As a precautionary measure, the administration conducted medical check-ups of all the people who worked with the US tourist during his visit to the Kaziranga national park.
    • The 33rd Guwahati Book Fair, scheduled to be held later this month, has been put on hold indefinitely amid novel coronavirus outbreak. one youth suspected to be affected by COVID-19 was admitted at Nagaon civil hospital in Assam on Saturday.
    • Nagaon district Health Joint Director Dr Atul Pator said that the youth had a history of travelling to Delhi and complained of fever and other ailments. "The suspected youth has been released from the hospital, but is now under observation at his home," Dr Atul Pator said.
    • The health department official also said that two persons are also under observation in Hojai district as they came to Assam from Indonesia.