This has left the Ajmer administration stunned as the city’s positive cases were in single digit until a few days ago. The number of positive cases in the city shot up to 103 by Wednesday afternoon, forcing the administration to plan random testing in the area on the lines of Ramganj in Jaipur.
A probe by the health department found all 79 patients were migrant workers living in congested rented accommodations in the densely populated area with narrow lanes and bylanes, which mirrors Ramganj in Jaipur.
“The way most cases have appeared from city’s one area, it is clear that we need to increase testing on the lines of Ramganj to detect positive cases,” said Sanjiv Maheshwari, additional principal of the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Ajmer.
Ajmer is under the lockdown since March 22. First positive case in the city was reported on March 28. Four contacts of this positive person too reported infected with the virus in next 2-3 days. Second case of a single source infecting many others was reported on April 16; it infected 19 persons. Third single-source case was reported on April 20. The next day there were 35 positive cases and on April 22 there were 44 positive cases more.
“Like in Ramganj, the entire families are being found to be positive. Here too people live close to each other and share the same socio-economic background,” said a government official.
Most of the positive patients have been engaged in household works, are salesmen or work in hotels and restaurants. Reports said many of them have been meeting local residents seeking food and other assistance during the lockdown.
The total number of samples collected from the area is 329, out of which the results of around 200 have come with 79 positive casess. The remaining 129 test reports are expected by Thursday.
Ajmer SP Kunwar Rastradeep said, “The area falls under four police stations and has been under curfew. Barricading of lanes and bylanes has been done in areas where people have a history of lockdown violations. Only government vehicles will be allowed to provide ration and vegetables to minimise the human to human contact.”