MUMBAI: In an attempt to expand contact tracing and increase the surveillance in finding possible cases of Covid -19 individuals, the health ministry has released a ‘mico plan’ that would track local transmission in specific geographic areas.

A rapid response team (RRT) will identify containment zones based on the extent of cases/contacts listed and mapped by them, the document released by the ministry said. In case contact listing or mapping takes more than 24 hours, then the RRT will demarcate an area of 3km radius around the epicentre of the residence of the Covid-19 positive patient as the containment zone.

This zone will be divided into sectors with 50 houses each (30 houses in difficult areas). Through the help of Asha and Anganwadi workers, these sectors will facilitate all activities for containment that are prescribed by the ICMR for Covid-19 treatment.

Asha workers besides monitoring and creating awareness in the communities about disease prevention and home quarantine will undertake daily house visits to clinically suspect cases, identify contacts of confirmed and suspect cases, maintain list of suspect/ confirmed cases and contacts. The health supervisors will monitor these actions, and also facilitate clinical action that needs to be taken for infected patients, and also monitor the follow up after 28 days.

As India takes drastic measures to contain the spread of the disease with a national lockdowns, the coming weeks are crucial for tracking, testing and treating the Covid-19. The ICMR until Tuesday tested a total of 22,694 samples from 21804 individuals, out of which 536 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases, with 10 deaths. The total number of people who have recovered so far stands at 40

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