Fourteen more people have been tested positive for coronavirus in Rajasthan. Out of these 14, 7 confirmed COVID-19 patients are from Tonk region who had come in contact of COVID-19 positive person that were present at Delhi's Tablighi Jamaat while the remaining 7 others (6 from Maharashtra and 1 from Jharkhand) are the ones who attended Jamaat's event. With 14 new cases, the total number of confirmed cases has surged to 154, informed the State Health Department.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Thursday said random sampling of people will be carried out in the state under sero-surveillance system to check the spread of COVID-19. In sero-surveillance there is the monitoring of the presence or absence of specific substances in the blood serum of a population. The minister said random sampling will be done through rapid testing kits approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
14 more ppl tested positive for #COVID19 in Rajasthan; 7 in Tonk (contacts of positive #Coronavirus patients who attended Delhi's Tablighi Jamaat)&7 others (6 from Maharashtra & 1 from Jharkhand who attended Tablighi Jamaat event). Total no. of cases is 154 now: State Health Dept— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
He said this decision was taken after a discussion with senior doctors and epidemiologists through video conferencing. The experts suggested random sampling to contain the spread of coronavirus, Sharma said. The minister informed that till now more than 27,000 medical teams have surveyed 98.57 lakh families in the state and screened 4.16 crore people. In OPDs of hospitals, 33.28 lakh persons have been screened, Sharma added. Besides, more than 2,000 persons who came in contact with all 133 COVID-19 positive cases in the state have also been screened, the minister said.