Covid-19 hotspots to remain locked for at least one more month

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The proposal is part of the aggressive containment plan drawn up by the health ministry to tackle the pandemic spread.

There will be no respite from the current restrictions for people living in the Covid-19 hotspots even if the current lockdown is lifted as the government is considering to seal all the hotspots for at least one month.

The move is part of the aggressive containment plan drawn up by the health ministry to tackle the pandemic spread. According to Hindustan Times, the government made the containment plan after clusters posing high risk of further spread of COVID-19 emerged in several states.

The strategy is meant to contain the highly contagious disease caused by a novel coronavirus within a defined geographical area by early detection of cases, breaking the chain of transmission and thus preventing its spread to new areas.

So far 274 districts have reported COVID-19 cases. Of this 62 have been identified as hotspots. The containment plan posted on the health ministry’s website, says the aggressive containment strategy will be scaled down only if no new cases of COVID-19 are reported for at least four weeks after the last confirmed test.

Under the plan, all suspect and confirmed COVID-19 cases will be hospitalised and kept in isolation in hospitals dedicated to fighting the coronavirus. The other steps include sealing containment areas and stopping movement of people in and out of these areas.

Patients will be discharged only if two samples test negative for coronavirus. Those with mild symptoms will be quarantined in stadiums, those having moderate symptoms will be admitted to hospitals meant for COVID-19 care, and those with severe symptoms will be sent to tertiary or advanced hospitals, the Hindustan Times report said.

Another step mentioned in the strategy is closure of schools, colleges and offices in containment and buffer zones. There will be no public and private transport in these areas. Only essential services will be allowed to move.

The Health Ministry document says the geographic distribution of COVID-19 mimics the distribution of H1N1 pandemic influenza, which suggests that while the spread of COVID-19 in the population could be high, it's unlikely that it will be uniformly affect all parts of the country. "This calls for differential approach to different regions of the country, while mounting a strong containment effort in hotspots," the document says.

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