Operation SHIELD successful in containing COVID-19 spread in Dilshad Garden: Delhi health minister

New Delhi: “Operation SHIELD” has been successful in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in the Dilshad Garden area, one of the dreaded virus hotspots in the national capital, the Delhi government said on Friday.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain issued a statement here saying that the hard work of health officials and successful implementation of “Operation SHIELD” has made Dilshad Garden a coronovirus-free zone.

In the last 10 days, no new cases were reported from Dilshad Garden.

The government said it would soon begin a randomized trial of residents.

Sealing, home quarantine, isolation and tracking, essential supplies, local hygiene and door-to-door checking are key aspects of “SHIELD” in any control area.

According to the statement, under “Operation SHIELD”, 123 medical teams examined more than 15,000 people living in 4,032 homes in East Delhi’s Dilshad Garden and hospitalized coronovirus suspects after seven confirmed cases from the area.

The Delhi government, with the help of the city’s police, imposed curfew in Dilshad Garden and Old Seemapuri.

Taking about the first proliferation of COVID-19 at Dilshad Gardens, it stated that a 38-year-old woman and her 19-year-old son had returned to Delhi from Saudi Arabia after meeting her husband on 10 March.

On March 12, he had fever and cough, and was checked by a local doctor.

Three days later, the woman was taken to GTB Hospital, where doctors referred her to RML Hospital.

On March 17, she tested positive, the statement said, on March 18, officials said she met about 81 people after returning from Saudi Arabia.

On March 20, her brother and her mother also tested positive and the next day, her two daughters tested positive. Two days later, the local physician tested positive.

The Delhi government traced those who had come in contact with the woman and released them.

“The Delhi government enlisted the help of CCTV cameras to track his son’s movements and track down the places or people he visited,” the statement said.

There are about 25 hotspots in the national capital.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the national capital was 720 on Thursday.

Of the total cases, 430 are related to the religious congregation in Nizamuddin area in March.

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