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Coronavirus pandemic | PM Modi asks states to follow ‘Himachal model’ in red zones

PM Modi has asked states to follow the 'Himachal Pradesh model' under which the state's entire population was reportedly screened for influenza-like symptoms.

April 29, 2020 / 10:41 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked states to consider the ‘Himachal Pradesh model’ to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, according to a report by The Economic Times.

Under the model, the state screened its entire population for influenza-like symptoms. People who did not improve after initial medication were put through a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, the report suggests.

According to the report, officials at the Centre asked states to consider a similar approach in their respective ‘red’ and ‘orange’ zones by conducting door-to-door screening or by encouraging self-declaration of such symptoms via the Aarogya Setu app.

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