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  • tional calls. More than 1,600 mails have been received at ncov2019@gmail.com and have been replied back.

  • High-Level Coordination Meetings are organised almost on a daily basis to make the risk assessment based on global, national and sub-national situational awareness. Inter-sectoral coordination at all levels is being emphasized and working on the principles of adherence to core capacities for disease preparedness and response: surveillance, laboratory diagnosis, hospital preparedness, logistic management, capacity building and risk communication.

  • A strategic approach to face the emerging situation in the fight to contain COVID-19 is adopted. A step-wise strategic approach has been designed. Containment surveillance at Points of Entry has been strengthened. With the initial few cases, steps have been initiated to take care of local community transmission by the first carriers who have managed to come into the country. In such cases, cluster containment strategies have been laid out which include listing of contacts, deciding on the containment zone, perimeter control (exit and entry) and focused actions in the containment zone for isolation of cases, home quarantine of contacts, social distancing measures and communicating the risk to the public. Detailed strategies have been put in place in case of larger outbreak with widespread community transmission.

  • Details of Cluster Containment Strategy are as below:

  • To contain the disease within a defined geographic area by early detection, breaking the chain of transmission and thus preventing its spread to new areas.

  • Clusters of human cases are formed when there is local transmission.

  • There could be single or multiple foci of local transmission.

  • There may or may not be an epidemiological link to a travel related case.

  • The risk assessment would be carried out at the site by the State/Central rapid response teams (RRTs).

  • RRT shall map the cases and contacts and determine the extent of spread and decide on containment zone and buffer zones and the scale of arrangements that needs to be put in place.

  • Special Teams have to be formed for field surveys, visiting households besides taking action for sample collection, shifting to tertiary hospitals, including creating required community orientation.


  • States to identify all useful resources at state and district levels in terms of human resource and institutions ( medical college, tertiary care institutions) and define their roles in management.

  • Identification of quarantine facilities in case needed.

  • Effective coordination between State Disaster Management Authority along with Health Department. Support of village level committee under SDMA’s for community awareness should be taken up.

  • Coordination with School Education, Women Development and Child Welfare, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Urban Local Bodies and Local Police Officials

  • The control rooms to be made operational in all the States with number and contact details of nodal person conveyed to MoHFW

  • District Collector to take leadership position as a coordinating officer at the District level. He shall review the status daily in terms of community surveillance , logistics ,availability of isolation beds, capacity building and risk communication.

  • Expected local transmission in the country and hence to be prepared for cluster containment

  • State Health officials to review the surveillance at point of entry in their jurisdiction and support with manpower and logistics.

  • International airports within the State to undertake required action as per the advice of State’s Health officials.

  • Enhanced & regular surveillance of all passengers as per the list communicated by IDSP. Strengthen state and district surveillance teams. Twice daily data updation on surveillance.

  • Personal Protection Equipment (as per the recent guidelines issued by Ministry of Health), N95 masks, triple layer surgical masks have to procured in all hospitals and a state level buffer stock on an emergency basis.

  • States to streamline sample collection and transport particularly through flights after effective packaging as per protocol.

  • Protocol for transfer of patients in a timely manner through earmarked ambulances including proper infection prevention management should be coordinated.

  • Availability of drugs in view of limited supply of APIs from China to be ensured. Hoarding of drugs and other consumables to be monitored.

  • Isolation facilities to accommodate large number of confirmed/suspected cases to be identified in each district and their logistics requirements ( sufficient beds, ventilators etc.) worked out.

  • Tertiary care hospitals under ESIC, Defence, Railways, paramilitary forces, Steel Ministry etc. to be leveraged for case management

  • Post National level Training of Trainers on COVID-19 on 6th March , state level Training of Trainers to be organised in all states on 9th March . District level training of health staff and hospitals to be completed within next 10 days.

  • Community awareness to be built utilizing print, electronic and social media in local languages including utilizing local cable TV channels, Miking and FM radio etc.

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