Operation SHIELD Launched by Delhi Government to Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

With the number of people testing positive for Coronavirus increasing in the country’s capital of New Delhi every day, the Delhi Government has unveiled its Operation SHIELD. The state government will be adopting this strategy in around 25 COVID-19 hotspots in the city where operations for containment of the deadly disease have already begun. 

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The current figures have crossed a total of 900 cases in Delhi, with 14 deceased. And while some people have already been cured and discharged from the hospitals, there are a lot others with the infection who are still in hospitals and quarantine centres. 

What is Operation S.H.I.E.L.D. by Delhi Government?

According to the Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of New Delhi, Operation SHIELD stands for 

S – Sealing

H – Home quarantine

I – Isolation and tracing

E – Essential supply of commodities

L – Local sanitisation

D – Door to door health check-up

This strategic operation is a part of the Delhi government’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic as well as protect citizens. 

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Under the operation, the government has decided to seal particular localities. In addition to the sealing, Kejriwal also announced containment measures for the people, which includes home quarantine, a step that is absolutely necessary to ensure that the virus does not spread even more. Moreover, people who have been affected by the virus will be isolated from others, while efforts will be made to trace the affected person’s contacts. 

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The 21 containment areas under Operation SHIELD include the localities in Malviya Nagar, Bengali Market, Sangam Vihar, Mayur Vihar, Swarka, Nizamuddin, Vasundhara Enclave, Dilshad Garden, Patparganj, Dinpur Village, Jahangirpuri, Kalyanpuri, Khichripur, Pandav Nagar, Krishan Kunj Extension, West Vinod Nagar, Seemapuri, Dilshad Colony and Jhilmil Colony. 

In addition to this, during the entire containment period, which will last up to April 30th, 2020, no one will be allowed to go out or enter the sealed localities. The supply of all essential goods will be done at doorsteps. Furthermore, municipal authorities will be ensuring that the areas are locally sanitised, while door-to-door check-ups are conducted to ensure that anyone who could possibly be infected with the virus is found. 

5T Plan of Operation SHIELD

As of now, it is due to Operation SHIELD that the spread of the novel coronavirus has stopped at Delhi’s famous Dilshad Garden. Ever since the Operation was implemented, the area has not reported any cases of COVID-19, thereby making the initiative successful uptil now. 

The SHIELD programme was a step ahead after Kejriwal’s announcement of the “5T plan” which includes Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Teamwork as well as Tracking & Monitoring of COVID-19. Furthermore, this is one of the pioneer steps taken by a state government to not just tackle, but also restrain the deadly virus from spreading and affecting more lives. With the number of people in the country getting infected rising every single day, even during a lockdown, it is the need of the hour to not just curb the spread, but also take care of the people. 

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