Coronavirus Hotspots in India
Government Recognized Disease Hotspots
In India, one of the sharpest spikes in the number of coronavirus cases was recorded on Tuesday, with more than 300 cases. Since the lockdown was announced on March 24, 2020, the number of cases has exhibited a continued upward trend. The spread of the virus could have been worse since all the cases point to pre lockdown infections, thus proving that lockdown measures being useful.
The lack of support from the people during the lockdown period has lead to the continued spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. The breach is the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat between March 1 and 15 in Nizamuddin, Delhi is a recent example showing the lack of support from people. From different parts of India and abroad, around 3,000 devotees attended the congregation. There were also other religious gatherings held in India.
In areas marked as hotspots are where the reported cases are largely concentrated.
A localized area where 10 or more cases of infection are found is known as a disease cluster. An area is called a hotspot when there are several clusters develop in any particular region, it, clubbed with its neighboring areas.
10 such Coronavirus Hotspots in India has been identified by The Government:
- Nizammudin (Delhi)
- Dilshad Garden (Delhi)
- Noida (Uttar Pradesh)
- Meerut (Uttar Pradesh)
- Bhilwara (Rajasthan)
- Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
- Kasaragod (Kerala)
- Pathanamthitta (Kerala)
- Mumbai (Maharashtra)
- Pune (Maharashtra)
On April 2, 2020, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) came out with an interim advisory for use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 in Coronavirus hotspots areas.
The advisory quoted, “Population in hotspot areas may be tested using rapid antibody test, and
- Antibody positives to be confirmed by RT-PCR using throat/nasal swab
- Antibody negatives to be quarantined at home
The FIND website has a list of CE-marked rapid SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests available. After due approval from DCGI and intimation to ICMR, CE-IVD approved kits can be used directly.