How Rajasthan’s Bhilwara model managed to control COVID-19

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A small city in India’s North western state of Rajasthan has shown the way how Coronavirus can be defeated and its model, also known as Bhilwara Model, is being copied by other states in India and other countries too.

Danger was looming large over Bhilwara district situated in south-central Rajasthan having a population of around 2.5 million (25 lakh) of being turned into Italy after in late March Coronavirus positive cases started to emerge and that too mainly from a private hospital where doctors and health workers were found to be COVID-19 virus positive.


So how did government of desert state of Rajasthan contain this?

On March 19, 2 positive cases of doctor and health workers of a famous private hospital were detected positive.

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The city, also known as textile city, suddenly saw spike in number of cases with figure touching 27 in no time. The government looking at the gravity of situation started to put a plan in place to control further spread of the virus both in urban and rural area of the district.

The district was isolated by imposing curfew and sealing the border as soon as two cases surfaced.

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“Ruthless containment” strategy was carried out in the district. Movement of railways and roadways services was stopped completely and even movement of private vehicles was stopped and it was done couple of days before India went into a lockdown.

After undertaking containment strategy including door to door survey, screening and testing especially of influenza like illness (ILI) patients, isolating and quarantine some of these ILI patients , Bhilwara has not witnessed any news cases in the last 7 days. The total number of positive case in Bhilwara continues to remain at 28.

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