At least 34 autorickshaw drivers in Gujarat’s Surat tested positive for Covid-19 during a special drive to identify “super-spreaders” of the virus, an official said on Tuesday. “At least 34 auto-rickshaw drivers in the city tested positive for coronavirus (on Monday),” Surat Municipal Commissioner BN Pani told reporters.
He appealed to people to wear face masks especially while travelling in auto-rickshaws. “Super-spreaders” are the nodal people who are likely to spread the virus amongst a big group of people, for instance, vegetable vendors, grocers, medicine store owners, auto-rickshaw drivers, saloon owners, masons etc.
People from the category are being tested on a large-scale in Gujarat as a measure to check the spread of coronavirus. According to the official, they are then being given health cards if they test negative. A similar drive was undertaken last year during the initial months of the pandemic outbreak.
The total case count in Surat city is 45,182 while the tally of recoveries is 42,544. As many as 862 patients have died so far due to Covid-19.