COVID-19: Operation SHIELD makes Delhi’s Dilshad Garden coronavirus-free

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (file image)

The Delhi government on Friday declared Dilshad Garden in the northeast Delhi as coronavirus-free after no COVID-19 case was reported in the area in the last 10 days.

It was one of the hotspots in the national capital. The government has claimed that ‘Operation SHIELD’ has stalled COVID-19 from spreading at the area. It termed it as the first instance of the successful implementation of the initiative.

Under the ‘Operation SHIELD’, the state government has set up 123 medical teams to screen over 15,000 people living in 4,032 houses in the area before declaring it coronavirus-free.

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The neighbourhood was locked down and declared a hotspot in the last week of March after a woman who returned from Saudi Arabia tested positive for the virus; two family members, including her son, were also infected.

The screening and tracking process, however, is still not over, and the area continues to remain sealed.

Delhi has now around 30 hotspots, including parts of Mayur Vihar and Patparganj in east Delhi and Malviya Nagar in the south.

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