Cases on the rise in Delhi-NCR, more than 4,000 contacts traced so far this month | Noida News


NOIDA/GHAZIABAD: With the number of cases on the rise in both Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts and in neighbouring Delhi, the health department has resumed its drive to trace contacts of those who test positive.
Testing has also been ramped up in both districts.

After nearly two months, Noida saw 17 new cases in a single day on March 9. Since then, 72 cases have been added to the district’s tally.
Officials have identified around 1,500 contacts of these patients, including 339 primary contacts, who are currently under surveillance.
“We are calling up the patients twice a day to get their health update and details of their primary and secondary contacts. We are also calling up the contacts to check if they have any symptoms,” said Dr Manoj Kushwaha, the district surveillance officer, Gautam Budh Nagar.
A testing centre will be set up at Dadri station on Wednesday to check passengers coming into Noida. Officials said that the random testing drive has been stepped up and people at restaurants, shops and markets are being tested along with street vendors and health workers.
The district has a target to test 5,000 samples daily. But officials said that 1,000-1,500 tests are being conducted on a daily basis. However, in the past few days, around 2,000 samples were tested daily, officials have said.
“Dadri is not a big railway station and only a few people come into the city through that route. We have written to the station and airport authorities to ask for traveller details. The bus depot here is on alert,” said Dr Kushwaha.
In Ghaziabad, officials said that from an average of 2,500-3,000 tests daily, the number is now between 3,000 and 4,000 a day. According to the state portal, Ghaziabad has conducted over 8.05 lakh tests so far and 26,905 people tested positive.
“Over 145 cases have been reported so far this month and we have been able to trace around 2,770 contacts. While the unique contacts per patient is 19, the overall contacts per patient is about 26. We are mapping areas in two groups now – sporadic and cluster – and taking measures accordingly,” said a senior health official.
The highest number of cases this month was recorded on March 11.
A total of 25 fresh cases were reported that day and of those, 17 were from the the CPWD Academy on Hapur Road alone.
A testing booth has been set up at Ghaziabad railway station to monitor passengers coming in from Maharashtra and Kerala.
On Tuesday, 48 people were tested at the booth. While their antigen reports were negative, the samples have been sent for RT-PCR tests.
Three teams have been deployed at the station area to monitor passengers coming in the city from Kerala and Maharashtra.
On Tuesday, the number of active cases in the district was at 109 and out of that 72 people were in home isolation and 23 are in different hospitals.

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