Delhi to screen every house by July 6 as it revises coronavirus response plan

Delhi to screen every house by July 6 as it revises coronavirus response plan

To check the further spread of the novel coronavirus, every house in Delhi will be screened by July 6, the government has said as it revises its Covid response plan.

Delhi on Tuesday saw the biggest single-day spike in cases of coronavirus after it crossed the 66,000-mark. Now, Delhi stands at second position in the country behind Maharashtra in terms of total coronavirus cases.

As part of the new ‘Delhi Covid Response Plan’ to overcome corona, all containment zones will be reviewed, redesigned by June 26 and the screening of every house in these zones will be done by June 30.

The screening of the rest Delhi will be completed by 6 July, the new Delhi Covid plan states.

For an estimation of coronavirus infection in Delhi, a Sero survey will start on June 27, results of which will be out by July 10. This survey will be done in collaboration with NCDC, the Delhi government said on Wednesday.

1. Strengthening surveillance team at district level

The Arvind Kejriwal government will strengthen the Covid-19 surveillance response in Delhi. Now, members of these teams will include DCP, Municipal DC, epidemiologists, District Surveillance Officer (DSO), IT professionals to monitor Aarogya Setu.

At present, the District Task Force was headed by the DM.

2. Review, improvement of containment zone strategy

By June 26, an evaluation of the existing containment zoning plan and preparation of a revised containment zoning plan which has adequate number of buffer zones as per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health has to be made.

“Once a zone is declared as a container zone, it will have to strictly follow the rules and active case search will be done inside the containment zone. There will be a sufficient number of buffer zones around the container zone,” the Delhi government stated.

Covid positive patients and cluster cases in densely populated areas will be sent to Covid care centres. More teams will be created for contact searching, testing and isolating patients.

Police will be deployed to ensure people maintain social distancing and do not get together in containment zones. Administration will provide all necessary services inside these zones.

CCTVs and drones will be used to monitor movement inside containment zones in Delhi. Those violating new norms will be penalised.

3.Strengthening contact tracing

As per the new COVID response to the Delhi government, high risk and low-risk contacts will be categorised as per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

A team will be deployed in the DM office for contact tracing. Field teams will be set up for fast and effective contact tracing and for quarantine of high-risk contacts.

“All symptomatic and asymptomatic high-risk contacts have to be tested between the fifth and tenth day of contact,” the guidelines state.

4. Use of Arogya Setu and ITIHAS system for response

5. A serological survey will begin on June 27 and will be completed by July 10. As part of this, 20,000 tests in all districts will be carried out.

Delhi's tally of Covid-19 cases crossed the 66,000-mark with the biggest single-day jump of 3,947 fresh infections, while the death toll due to the disease mounted to 2,301. Delhi reported 3,000 or more fresh cases between Friday and Sunday. On Monday, 2,909 cases were recorded in the city.