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Nizamuddin: Time to Focus on High-Risk Groups | HT Editorial – Editorials


Nizamuddin has become the latest entry point for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India. A congregation at the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters saw a few thousand participants, even when it became clear that social distancing rules were essential to combat the pandemic, and the Delhi government banned meetings of more than 50. While it may A thorough investigation of the sequence of events is necessary, both the organizers of the meeting and the local administration, who allowed it to take place, showed a high degree of irresponsibility.

The Nizamuddin case underscores why it is important to focus on high-risk groups. The government has done well to identify 10 of those places, which have witnessed a large number of cases, and where the possibility of spread is high. It is important to broaden the focus and attract more rural locations within your scope. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, who send migrants to the cities, will now witness their return home; If even one of them is positive, the possibility of the infection spreading to the local population cannot be ruled out (and given the photographs of the rush that was seen at home, it will be almost impossible to carry out a contact locating exercise). Nizamuddin’s experience is also a signal for the Indian health authorities to aggressively expand the evidence (and not dwell on contact tracing and quarantine), at least in these groups. The possibility that infected asymptomatic people transmit the virus should be ruled out. The next step in the battle of India must focus on these high-risk places.

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