New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With 240 new cases reported in the country in last 12 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in India reached 1,637 with 38 deaths due to the infection so far. The outbreak of the deadly virus has led to a complete lockdown across the nation and has forced every activity to a standstill.
Now to contain the spread of the highly contagious virus, the government is shifting its focus to identify the main hotspots of the deadly infection in the country. The government has till now identified 10 hotspots, where most number of cases are being reported. There are two hotspots each in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Kerala and Maharashtra and one each in Gujarat and Rajasthan, as identified by the government.
Here’s an overview of the identified hotspots:
Nizamuddin West: Considered as the religious hub for Muslims, the south Delhi locality has emerged as a hotspot for the sudden increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in different parts of the country. The locality came into light after thousands of people, from around the world took part in a Tablighi Jamaat congregation from March 1-15.
Six people who died in Telangana and one in Jammu and Kashmir attended the congregation in the headquarters of the Tablighi in Nizamuddin West. In Delhi alone, 24 people who attended the event, tested positive for the disease. Besides, 441 of the participants were hospitalised after they showed symptoms. The number is likely to swell significantly as more test reports come.
Dilshad Garden: Apart from Nizamuddin, another hotspot is identified in the national capital’s north-east district, known as Dilshad Garden. The locality made headlines after a women with a travelling history to Saudi Arabia tested positive for coronavirus and infected her daughter as well as two relatives in Jehangirpuri close by.
She also came in contact with a Mohalla clinic doctor, who later tested positive for the deadly virus. The doctor, who is believed have come into contract with hundreds of people, later transmitted the infection to his wife.
"So far, the number of patients in Shahadra district (Dilshad Garden falls under Shahadra district) is 11," said a health department official.
Bhilwara: In Rajasthan’s Bhilwara, 26 cases of coronavirus has been reported so far, with two deaths, out of the total 83 cases in the state. The health department teams have taken 1,194 samples from Bhilwara, out of which eight patients have tested negative after treatment.
A massive screening exercise is underway with over 26 lakh people in urban and rural areas being screened. Two coronavirus positive deaths have taken in Bhilwara but officials maintain that they died due to co-morbid conditions. A doctor of a private hospital was the first positive case in Bhilwara. Most of the cases that have come up so far either are of hospital staff or the patient who had gone for treatment at hospitals.
Noida: In the country’s most populous state, the industrial of Uttar Pradesh, Gautam Budhha Nagar has recorded 38 positive cases of coronavirus, the highest for any district in Uttar Pradesh. About two dozen of these cases are linked directly or indirectly to a private firm in Noida which has now been booked for endangering people's lives and sealed.
The health department officials informed that an estimated 626 samples have been tested for the COVID-19, while over 1,800 people are under surveillance across the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida. The authorities have also quarantined 291 people at various isolation centres in the district.
On the brighter side, six of the patients have so far recovered in Gautam Buddh Nagar and discharged from hospitals till Tuesday, leaving 32 active cases of coronavirus, they added.
Meerut: Meerut was identified as the second hotspot in Uttar Pradesh, where the number of cases has crossed the 100 mark, with 19 people testing positive for the disease. Of the 17 samples tested on Monday, six were declared positive, officials said. Of the six, four are family members of a man who recently returned from Maharashtra. The first COVID-19 case was reported from here last Friday.
Mumbai: Out of the total 230 cases in Maharashtra, 167 were reported in Mumbai alone. The metropolis has also reported 8 deaths, of the total 10 deaths in the state so far. After several cases of random people testing positive for COVID-19 emerged on Monday in Mumbai, the state health department declared Koliwada area of Worli and the Goregaon suburb as two hotspots.
Pune: Forty-six cases were reported as on Tuesday. The first two positive cases in Maharashtra were reported from Pune on March 9. Pune Municipal Corporation's chief health officer Dr Ramchandra Hankare said one COVID-19 patient died of multi-organ failure in a private hospital on Monday. Barring two people who are critical, rest of all the patients are stable and recuperating in the hospitals, he said.
So far 3,500 people including those who have foreign travel history, their close contacts have been "home quarantined". According to officials, 2,216 passengers are under surveillance. Of these, 1,403 have completed their 14-day incubation period and 813 are still under active surveillance.
Ahmedabad: In Ahmedabad, 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus has been reported so far, of the total 73 cases in state. Ahmedabad city counts for three of six deaths in Gujarat. Of the five persons who have recovered so far, four are from Ahmedabad city.
"Ahmedabad city has been declared as hotspot to prevent spread of the virus in a particular area after a positive case surfaces. Ideally, a three kilometre km area surrounding the residence of that patient is contained for 14 days. It's like a total lockdown. No one can come inside or go outside except the health staff," said Dr Prakash Vaghela, additional director, Public Health, Gujarat, as reported by news agency PTI.
Kasaragod: Kasaragod is one of the worst affected districts in the country with the number of positive cases standing at 99, while over 7,725 people are under observation. A total of 163 people are in isolation wards. Contact with already infected persons and possible infection from foreign returnees are seen as the causes of virus spread.
Pathanamthitta: Pathanamthitta may have reported lesser number of positive cases at five, but 7,254 people are under observation. Both these districts have not reported any death so far.
(With PTI Inputs)
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