PB Nooh is the collector of Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, the first COVID-19 hotspot in India. In a few weeks, however, he has managed to turn the tide. He explains to Rohini Mohan that his team’s strategy was tracking down over 1200 contacts, putting them all in isolation, developing an isolation questionnaire to collect information on symptoms, setting up a call centre to monitor those in quarantine, and testing aggressively. Today, the district has only eight COVID-19 positive cases, and has become a model for the rest of Kerala and other states.
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