Surat: In the first such case in Gujarat, the Surat Municipal Corporation has put the entire Rander area in the city on mass quarantine after an elderly person running a laundry was tested positive for coronavirus. Simultaneously, there are reports that several people from this locality may have attended the Tablighi-eJamaat conclave in New Delhi last month.
The SMC has cordoned off more than 54,000 people following a surveillance conducted by 55 municipal teams in the Rander area. SMC Commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani told First India, “The area has been quarantined since there is a possibility of many people having come into contact with the laundry person, who was tested positive two days ago.” In all, as many as 12 persons have tested positive in Surat and one of them has died.
The Health Department has conducted a door-to-door survey of more than 16,000 households after covering one kilometer area of Rander with barricades. Elaborate police security has also been deployed in Rander to strictly enforce the lockdown as well as to help surveyors go about their work without hindrance.
As of now, 16,785 houses have been surveyed in the area. Mass quarantine sign boards have also been installed outside the home of 54,000 people. The board states that ‘H’ means Home quarantine, ‘C’ means Central quarantine and ‘M’ means Mass quarantine.
The SMC’s Vector Born Disease (VBDC) Department also conducted disinfection operation in the entire Rander area, covering 12 hospitals, 23 mosques, 22 main roads, 969 public places and 82 internal roads. SMC sources said several other areas are also being surveyed and similar action might be taken there also in the coming days.