Active Surveillance Team has been increased. 1852 teams are active now. 41 Fever clinics n Gemini software being used to track ARI cases. 134 ARI cases have been identified. Senior citizens and comorbid residents have been identified.
More than 15 lakh residents have been surveyed under APX strategy.
As per suggestions & guidelines by AYUSH ministry, SMC is distributing Homeopathy medicines to residents in all zones. All shop keepers to maintain two boxes to managed currency to avoid any spread of corona virus through exchange of money during shopping.
227 foot-operated wash-basins have been installed by SMC in various locations. 75 rickshaws are being used to spread awareness and information regarding Covid in city. 453 door to door vehicle is used for same purpose.
Penalties are collected for violating norms related to social distancing, sanitization, wearing of mask, spitting in public and likwise. Heavy fines are collected from violaters in all aspects.
4128 locations have been disinfected today and overall more than 2 lakh spots have been disinfected till date.
More than 4 lakh food packets have been distributed today.
2% extra rebate for paying Property Tax online.
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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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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 GREENzones. 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
Notification is released for Gujarat Talent Search Test TST 9th Standard popularly known as Prakharata Shodh Kasoti. Exam to be conducted in February 2020.
Online Application for Gujarat Talent Search Test is available between 5th December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Application needs to be filled by respective schools for all the students who are appearing for this test. Schools need to use “Index Number” and “Password” that was used to fill 10th Standard student details.
Applications can only be submitted online. There is no process for offline submission.
Select the exam centre closest to the school. Once you fill the details of all students, this exam centre will be auto applicable for all students.
After choosing the exam centre, fill the details of all students like Surname, Name, Father’s name, Medium, Caste, Gender and GR No. For Divyang (Differently abled) student, select yes in the check box. Once you fill all the details, click on save button.
Payment for all students need to be done at once. Schools can do online payment via internet-banking or credit cards. They can also do payment offline via SBI Branch Payment.
General Category Boy
General Category Girl
All SC, ST, OBC, Differently abled Category
Last date for Online Application is 20 December 2019.
Exam is conducted in 3 languages – Gujarati, English and Hindi. There are total 100 Questions each carrying 1 mark. Total Maximum Marks is 100. For each incorrect answers 1/3 mark will be deducted. Total duration of exam is 2 hours. The exam is multiple-choice-question MCQ type. OMR answer sheet will be provided.
Question paper is divided into 4 sections – Gujarati (30 Q) , English (30 Q) , Social Science (30 Q) and General Knowledge (10 Q).