Daily updates related to Corona from Surat.
Daily updates related to Corona from Surat.
10 May 2020, Surat.
Surat in Lockdown 3.0 Surat along with other major cities in India which are affected by corona severely have been under Lockdown 3.0 making it around 47 days now from the start since 25 March 2020. After the initial worry and hustle, slowly the city along with the administrators got hold of the widespread corona virus.
NGOs came together to take care of the needy. Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) took into the task of survelliance, tracing, testing and treating for COVID-19. Alongside awareness and disinfection was being carried out extensively. But slowly as the testing capacity was getting increased, the number of cases did see a spike due to some rise in cases at Mandarwaza, Limbayat. Areas where cases were rising were contained by clustering them and restricting access to those areas. Certain time of the lockdown there was curfew for a week in cluster hotspots.
Surat fights corona. As the medical teams buckled up, covid care center got decentralized, food relief measures got evened out and flowing smoothly, concerned issues of migrants addressed and testing center capacity increased and results were coming sooner, overall dynamics of the city got into a mode of operation in dealing with Covid-19.
Last week SMC adopted the APX model strategy to increase effective tracking and interfacing with the sensitive zones with high infection rates like Limbayat, Central zone and Varaccha Zone. These zones have crossed 100 case mark in comparison to 800 mark in the city. Under this strategy, survelliance teams to visit households and look for people with symptoms for Covid-19. When a household is located with Covid-19 positive or COVID-19 like symptoms then those places will be marked as A. A is for ARI (Acute Respiratory Illness). In households with senior citizens and co-morbid illness or conditions they will be marked as P for present. And households with neither of the case will be marked as X for absent.
APX strategy may help long run. It is expected to give more clarity on the spread of cases as well as help to further narrow down on the clustering. Since it has been observed that many deaths have occured in Surat with patients have 60 or higher age especially those suffering with co-morbid conditions or existing medical issues like diabetes and hypertension.
Extra measures for 3 hotspot zones. Limbayat has nearly 40% cases of the city with 333 cases, while Central zone registered 124 cases followed by Varachha A which registered 116 cases. Many measures are being taken to curb the spread of virus in these hotspot areas. Island strategy has been applied to Limbayat where all roads connecting to other zones have been blocked. Sanitizers and hand wash counters are placed at multiple places. Heavy penalties are being laid upon in violation of social distancing and other norms being set like wearing of mask, use of sanitizer, traveling without any reason, shop keepers to keep sanitizer and public places to follow precautions.
Recovery Rate has improved a lot to over 50% bringing some news of relief to the citizens. SMC praises survelliance strategy placed in early identification of cases which has caused to treat the Covid-19 positive cases. As well as use of digital platforms like Gemini software and Doctor TecHO app which helped to bring all doctors and clinics under radar and any ARI case which had symptoms like Covid-19 was under constant observation and check through visits, calls, quarantine apps and likewise.
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World is facing global pandemic COVID-19 since the start of 2020. Almost all countries have come under the infection of corona virus, some have suffered a lot while the others have few cases. To study the impact of corona outbreak and how it has grown in the last few months, often we resort to data. To gain insights, it is often easier to look at data using various charts, graphs and visualization. Visualizations give us various perspectives into something being studied.
Corona cases have grown a lot since the outbreak. Charts are used to study the impact of corona across countries and time. Often they are compared to see what’s next for some countries and what has gone through those who were the first impacted. It has lessons for the countries with not much infrastructure and facilities. It also helps the governments to look out how their measures to curb the spread of virus has been effective or not.
Comparing the corona cases across time and across countries gives a deeper view into the global pandemic. However each country has dealt with this pandemic in a different way based on their social fabric, economic factors, health-care infrastructure, political affliations and nature of government & citizens. Some countries have been able to fight the pandemic well while others seem to have been going through a trouble to even the square.
Most of the early hit countries have seen the worst of the pandemic. They were the first to see how this virus was impacting them, they had to build the tools, diagnose and they made mistakes. While the other countries got time to look at their infrastructure and get prepared to tackle the oncoming outbreak, they were able to take the lessons from the countries previously hit. Many countries went for country-wide lockdown like India, while others had lockdown on in seriously impacted state and a few had movement based on self awareness and conscience.
As we are in the middle of this going pandemic, it is difficult to say if the worse is over or do we see any new surprises in the short or long run. Countries are unfolding their economy and starting to coming back to the usual with added precaution like wearing masks, using sanitizers, following social distancing, reducing crowding and keeping a check on the growth of virus.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. World came to a complete stand still literally.
We have learnt some lessons the hard way. In our fight with the virus, we go back to the survival instincts and we become one among the various species on Earth. We have realized that the fight is not ever and is never going to be. There will be new challenges for us every time and we will fight them with even more vigilance, might, determination and resilience. We are here to live for long and we will thrive.
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By considering the above points and adding new factors into the data charts & visualizations, you may look at them with a completely new perspective. Our understanding about the COVID-19 global pandemic may be unlocked further by studying deeply. As the world fights in developing the antidotes, treatment or vaccination for corona virus, we are at the doors of history to write a new chapter on how we as humans have survived another global pandemic, another novel virus and what it speaks about us.
India goes into Lockdown 3.0 after announcement from the centre. India went into nation-wide lockdown from 25th March 2020 for 21 days. All districts were closed for movement. Social distancing, quarantine, self-isolation, clustering, hotspots, sanitization and such words become everyday norm. By the end of 21 days, it was felt there is need for extension of lockdown as the cases still were shooting up. On 15 April 2020, extension of lockdown was announced till 3rd May, which will make the entire lockdown duration of 40 days.
By the end of April, the curve for corona cases had gone flat. It was reported that the doubling rate, which was initially 5 days for some locations has gone beyond 10 to 15 days. It was signal that things were under control and situation was getting towards exit protocol. As the industries, factories and many markets were shutdown, people working as daily wagers and laboraries had their own worries to sustain in this circumstances. So it was decided to further move migrant laborers and stranded people to their respective locations by prior seeking permissions, following norms and under-going medical screenings and quarantines as per the severity of cases from their origin of travel location.
Aviation, Railways and State Transports remain shut during lockdown.
By the end of April, lockdown was extended for 2 more weeks, which is termed as Lockdown 3.0 and categorize all locations under various zones based on the cases, severity and frequency in occurence. All locations were classified into RED, ORANGE and GREEN zones. New norms were set as per zones. India seems to be slowly getting back to it’s normal flow. We will have to see how things unfold in the next two weeks.
Majority of cases are seen in metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Indore, Jaipur, Surat and likewise. Sudden surge in the cases during the first few weeks have left a strong mark on the stabilization of the situation in these cities. But with time, things have returned to the new normal. With health care raising it’s standards and citizens adopting to the situation, gradually everything set into place.
Schools, Colleges, Companies, Factories & many Industries remain shut during lockdown.
Surat fights against corona. Surat being one of the densely populated cities in India as well as the fastest growing cities, it did see the face of corona in its true sense. First week was filled with confusion and eagerness to know what this new global pandemic situation was like. Citizens were stocking up and getting prepared for the situation of lockdown and social distancing. Certain areas were identified as hotspots and soon they were clustered from other parts of the city. As testing went on to increase and new areas identified, there was a point when few areas were kept under curfew to curb the spread of corona cases.
Essential supplies and medical stores were kept open. Proper care was taken to provide relief measures to the needy and stranted. Movement was allowed with the localities during certain hours of the day. With days passing by new norms were being adopted. Satization, disinfection and wearing of masks in public places became the new norm. Covid care centre, hospital, quarantine hostels and home quarantine became part of every day linguistics. Within few weeks, situation was under control. Testing capacity got increased, active survelliance team were able to identify and trace the cases by their expertize, sampling became effective, new areas were identify in early on and clustered. Strong action was being taken against violation of social distancing and movement.
Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, Wardboys, Police & Corporation Staff emerge as real Heroes.
In time, everyone got adapted to the situation. Many NGOs rose up to the situation and did every bit of their help in making the city function smoothly. SMC used modern digital technologies to track, trace, locate, update and keep things in check. Schools & colleges started to conducted online classes.
Surat looks to slowly start unfolding it’s arm from these week and by the end of lockdown 3 if the cases go down, city will start to return back it’s usual with hustle and movement.
as of 3rd May 2020, morning
SURAT Corona Updates
Confirmed Positive : 638
Active Cases : 477
Patient Recovered : 133
Total Death : 28
Cases Tested : 11879
Under Quarantine : 2199
GUJARAT Corona Updates
Confirmed Positive : 5054
Patient Recovered : 896
Total Death : 262
Cases Tested : 74116
Under Quarantine : 45739
INDIA Corona Updates
Active Cases : 28046
Discharged/Cured : 10632
Deaths : 1301
Total Tested : 976363
|State / UT||Confirmed||Active||Recovered||Deaths|
Corona virus led COVID19 pandemic has impact almost all countries of the world. India has been in lockdown since 25 March 2020. Social distancing, cleaning, avoiding unnecessary movement & gathering, staying at home and following healthy habits has become the new norm. Corona cases have seen rise in Surat city along with other major cities of India.
CONFIRMED CASES : 555
RECOVERED : 19
DEATHS : 19
As per the guidelines from Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, here on cases with asymptomatic positive results can continue to self isolate at their home, provided they have separate room & abiding to all social distancing norms. Medical officer will keep a watch. This will not be applicable for slum or slum-like habitat, in such cases individuals will be moved to Covid Care Centre – Samras Hospital.
SVNIT provided automated robot to assist in fight for COVID-19, which can be used for distribution of food kits, medical assistance.
CONFIRMED CASES : 535
RECOVERED : 19
DEATHS : 19
Rapid Antibody test results were inconsistent, so it has been decided to halt use of those kits for now. ~ SMC
Over 10000 people completed 14 days quarantine.
Team of about 400 Sakhi Mandal have made more than 3 lakh masks for SMC.
CONFIRMED CASES : 513
RECOVERED : 19
DEATHS : 17
Rapid Antibody tests have been started in Surat. Today 258 tests were conducted out of which 2 were found positive.
1900 tests per million being conducted in Surat.
CONFIRMED CASES : 480
RECOVERED : 15
DEATHS : 15
5% diluted Sodium Hypochlorite solution to be used to clean suspected spots like tables, doors, knobs, handles and so on.
CONFIRMED CASES : 455
RECOVERED : 14
DEATHS : 14
VADILO NU VANDHAN campaign launched by Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) for care & protection of Senior Citizens against corona virus infection in Surat City.
Dry ration kit to be provided instead of food packets at distribution centres to reduce any kind of infection or spread related to corona virus. Subsequently the number of food packets to go down compared to current 8 lakh food packets distributed daily.
Citizens requested to practice caution while buying groceries, vegetables or medicines. Use of buckets for buying vegetables seen in many areas.
CONFIRMED CASES : 429
Month of Ramadhan starts from today. Citizens appealed to follow lockdown norms.
SMIMER hospital is approved to conduct RT-PCR testing as per ICMR guidelines. Around 95 tests conducted till 23 April 2020 EOD.
SAMRAS Hospital to be restructed as Covid Care Centre. At this centre, asymptomatic patients to be taken care.
CONFIRMED CASES : 399
CONFIRMED CASES : 333
RECOVERED : 10
DEATHS : 12
CONFIRMED CASES : 290
CONFIRMED CASES : 233
RECOVERED : 10
DEATHS : 08
CONFIRMED CASES : 194
RECOVERED : 09
DEATHS : 07
CONFIRMED CASES : 133
RECOVERED : 09
DEATHS : 06
CONFIRMED CASES : 97
RECOVERED : 08
DEATHS : 05
SURAT MUNICIPAL CORPORATION (SMC) along with the collaboration from NGOs in Surat and Akshayapatra has been taking care of migrants, destitute, stranded, needy, old and suffering individuals during the corona COVID19 pandemic. Initially what started as a help by NGOs to the needy in the first week of lockdown, soon began as a organised means to provide food packets to the citizens of Surat.
More than 400 NGOs and self managed seva-santhas came forward during this lockdown situation which became necessary due to the increase in Corona cases across the country. SMC initially distributed food packets in certain areas and then soon started managing self operated kitchens as well as with the help from Akshayapatra was able to cater to provide around 7 lakh food packets.
As of 25 April onwards, over 9 lakh food packets are distributed everyday across Surat by combined efforts from SMC, Akshayapatra, NGOs n Sevasanthas.
|SUPPLIED BY||FOOD PACKETS|
|DISTRIBUTED AT||FOOD PACKETS|
TOTAL FOOD PACKETS DISTRIBUTED : 1,54,03,592
DONATIONS OF FOOD RAW MATERIALS : 1,00,000 + kgs
DONATIONS TO SAMVEDNA CARES : 4.45 Crores
SMC decides to distribute dry ration kit instead of daily food packets to avoid corona infection spread.
Around 100 food distribution centres were being operated by SMC in all zones of the city. Major locations were schools, halls and open places with compounds where social distancing was properly maintained while distributing food packets. However with rise in corona cases it was noticed that gathering of people are one place was not on favour of reducing the impact.
So SMC decided to supply dry ration kits to the needy instead of providing food packets daily cooked. It was decided to gradually distribute the dry ration kits in various locations and phase out distribution centres to avoid any mishap. 87 distribution centres are being operated as of 27-April-2010
|SOUTH EAST ZONE (LIMBAYAT)||51|
|NORTH ZONE (KATARGAM)||10|
|SOUTH WEST ZONE [ATHWA]||9|
|WEST ZONE [RANDER]||7|
|SOUTH ZONE [UDHNA]||6|
|EAST ZONE – A [VARACHHA]||6|
|EAST ZONE – B [SARTHANA]||4|
SMC’s COMMITMENT TOWARDS THE CITIZENS