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News about the coronavirus blockade in India: 64,000 return from abroad forced closure | India News


NEW DELHI: The return of up to 64,000 people, mainly Indians, just before India closed international travel on Sunday, prompted the government to implement a strict blockade, including putting some areas under curfew, in a bid to prevent the returnees trigger a community spread.

The increase in the number of Covid-positive patients over the past week is seen as the result of the reappearance of more Indians with a history of traveling abroad, a link recognized by senior officials from the Ministry of Health and ICMR who are monitoring the treatment and incidence of disease.

There was concern about people skipping quarantine at home, even when about 8,000 were in institutional camps for 14 days. Most of the remaining people were under house quarantine and under surveillance with their details recorded in the integrated disease management system. But, nevertheless, the possibility of their movement or of those who come into contact was a factor in forcing isolation.

The idea, the sources said, was to prevent people under observation from becoming “broadcasters.” Those who develop symptoms will be treated and others who safely complete quarantine will be out of the danger zone.

This strategy is part of the strong emphasis on isolation, outlined by ICMR chief Balram Bhargava, to ensure that the chain of transmission is broken. Experts consider that a sharp increase in cases, in the group of foreign travelers and in those who came into contact with them, together with positive evidence of other people with severe flu or pneumonia, could be an indication of community spread or a precursor to that. . Therefore, the situation required preventive measures, such as strict closings and sanctions for rape.

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The report of an informal response to warnings that people should stay indoors raised concerns and was deemed to be the right time for officially declared blockades. As of now 1.87,904 people are under observation across the country.

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