AHMEDABAD: up to 334 coronaviruses So far, “super spreaders” have been discovered in Ahmedabad, and this is the main reason for the order to close grocery and vegetable stores until May 15 , officials said on Sunday.
“Super spreaders” are carriers of infectious diseases that could spread the pathogen to large numbers of people.
These can be vegetable vendors, grocers and milk vendors, gas station attendants or garbage pickers who, by the nature of their work, are at risk of becoming infected and infecting other people.
As of Saturday, Gujarat has reported 7,797 coronavirus positive cases and 472 deaths. Among them, Ahmedabad alone reported 5,540 cases and 363 deaths.
An official here said he believed there were around 14,000 potential high-risk super spreaders in the city, and decided to control them all in the next three days.
A similar exercise was also undertaken in the suburbs and rural areas of the district, he said.
The Ahmedabad Municipal Society (AMC) began targeting these people as of April 20 as part of active surveillance, and has so far collected 3,817 samples from these suspects, of which 334 were found to be positive, said the manager.
After a supply store owner in the Vejalpur area tested positive for Coronavirus on Saturday, all customers who have visited the store in the past 15 days to make purchases have been invited to stay at home. quarantine, said the official.
In the town of Dholka, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, a watermelon seller was found positive for coronavirus in a similar screening exercise and was identified as a super spreader.
Almost 96 people, who were his primary and secondary contacts, mostly family members, fellow salespeople and regular customers, were quarantined. Among them, 12 tested positive for COVID-19[femalesaiddistrictdevelopmentofficerArunMaheshBabu[feminineadéclaréleresponsabledudéveloppementdudistrictArunMaheshBabu
Additional Secretary General Rajiv Gupta, appointed to oversee, monitor and coordinate coronavirus work in the city, said nearly 2,000 suspicious super spreaders were detected in two days after the AMC ordered the closure of all stores, except for milk and medicines. the city for a week from May 7.
“All the suspects will be tested on Wednesday,” said the official.
The city was placed under full lockdown until then.
The CMA has also made it compulsory for owners and staff of shops and supermarkets to do their medical screening by approaching their respective departments and to obtain “health screening cards” based on the results of tests.
The city and district administrations of Ahmedabad have undertaken to control all super spreaders to ensure that there is no risk of transmission before going out to operate in the market, and also to regulate the number of these sellers, officials said.