On one side where the graph of COVID-19 is going up every day, some outstanding strategies are emerging from different parts of India where combined efforts of policymakers and executioners have resulted in slowing down the transmission.


It’s been more than two months into the onset of a pandemic which Indians had never dreamt of. It all began with the first case of coronavirus being found in the Thrissur district of the southern coastal state of Kerala. Yet, Kerala will not have to bear the brunt of giving the nation its first case all because of the successful strategy followed by the southern state in combating the virus.

Aggressive testing for COVID-19 is being done using inexpensive kiosks to collect mass samples.

Intense contact tracing and the lockdown has resulted in higher recoveries and only two fatalities till yet.

Over a week, Kerala witnessed a spike of 40 cases and recovery of 74 people. The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has said that the lower number of positive cases shows the state’s control over the situation. But they have to keep surveillance well in order to eradicate the virus completely. 


Consequently, 34 per cent of positive patients have recovered in the state with just two deaths and the lowest increase in cases than elsewhere in India. Hence, Kerala might announce the end of its fight against the COVID-19 soon.

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Bhilwara, famously known as the ‘textile city’ of Rajasthan, was once quoted as potential ‘Italy of India’ by BBC. On 19th March 2020, a doctor at Brijesh Banger Memorial Hospital, Bhilwara, was tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Since then, it was quick for the Bhilwara district to emerge as the hotspot for COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan with a total of 27 positive cases and two deaths.

After coming under the national radar, the district administration of Bhilwara sprang into action to control the transmission in the district and followed a strictly planned strategy which not only bore fruits for the once worst-affected district in Rajasthan but also, became an ideal operational procedure for the country.

What Is The Bhilwara Model For COVID-19?

The Bhilwara Model had tracing, screening, isolation, and testing as its founding principles. During the first phase, the entire district went under a curfew on 19th March with movement allowed only for essential services, rest all the borders of the area were sealed.

During the second phase, on 2nd April, the district was put under more drastic lockdown.

Tina Dabi, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Bhilwara district, in an interview with Hindustan Times, told that during the second phase, people were supplied essentials like groceries, milk, etc., at their doorstep to ensure that they were not leaving their house. She explained that unless people are assured about the fulfilment of their requirements, they would hardly cooperate in the collective interest of society.

More than 2,000 teams were made under the supervision of SDMs for the door-to-door screening of about 25 lakh people. Rigorous tracing of the people who had come in contact with the coronavirus patients was done, which resulted in quarantining of approximately 6,000-7,000 people.

To ramp up the quarantine facilities, apart from the dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, the district administration converted four private hospitals into quarantine centres, each having 25 beds, as well as 27 hotels with 1,541 rooms.

The disinfecting process was carried out in every nook and corner of the city- localities where positive cases had been detected, to all ambulances and police vehicles, screening centres and quarantine centres, the collectorate, police stations and other public dealing offices.


Ruthless containment was the critical factor in stopping the community transmission in Bhilwara. Consequently, the district has witnessed no new case since 28th March. 13 patients have recovered, and the area has supposedly flattened the curve.

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Sources: Hindustan Times, The Washington Post, The Print

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