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Covid-19: more Srinagar areas declared micro-containment zones

The district administration Srinagar on Tuesday declared eight more areas as Containment Zones in the district in view of the fresh detection of Covid-19 positive cases.

According to the order issued by the DDMA Srinagar, the areas which have been declared containment Zones are Fatehkadal, Batpora, Chanpora, Panthachowk, Nowshera, Rawalpora, Hawal.

In a separate order issued by the Srinagar authorities, the Rajbagh area of Tehsil South has also been declared as containment zones in view of the detection of more than twenty fresh Covid-19 cases.

District Magistrate Srinagar, who is also the chairman of DDMA, Mohammad Aijaz Asad in an order, said that it has become imperative to take preventive measures in these localities to contain the further spread of the Covid-19.

“More than twenty Covid-19 positive cases have been reported from Rajbagh area of Tehsil Rajbagh Srinagar, developing into a cluster of MCZS. We apprehend that the Covid-19 positive patients in the said cluster might have come in contact with many other persons in the area and there are chances of further transmission of the deadly virus in the locality and its surroundings,” the order reads.

It states that in order to break the further transmission of Covid-19 in the area and its surroundings, it is felt expedient to take stringent measures by restricting the movement of people and other activities in and around its surroundings.

“The area of 300-meter radius from the epicentre in, Rajbagh shall be containment zone. There shall be no inward or outward movement of any person from/to the said area. In case the spread of clusters goes beyond 300-meter, the committee headed by Administrator of the containment zone (Tehsildar) may decide boundary of containment zone,” it reads.

The order reads that tehsildar concerned shall be the administrator of the Containment Zone. “He shall coordinate with all the fine departments to ensure the availability of all basic requirements including Foodgrains, LPG medicines etc in the Containment Zones.”

As per the order, the CMO Srinagar should activate the Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) immediately for survey and surveillance in the area besides line listing and contact tracing. “The Commissioner SMC shall depute teams immediately to sanitise the Containment Zone and the exercise shall be repeated as per SOP. He shall submit daily Action Taken report for the perusal of Chairman DDMA. The SSP Srinagar shall ensure that all entry and exit points in the Containment zone are sealed, other than one designated entry and exit for exigencies and emergency and restrictions on the movement of the people in the containment zone is affected in letter and spirit as per SOPs,” the order states.

The order further states that he shall deploy the requisite number of personnel to man the entry and exit points. “Any person /group/institution found violating the directions of this order shall be booked under relevant act/ rule/ law.”

The order states that accordingly the containment zone shall be managed and contained by a committee of officer including tehsildar, Executive engineer PWD, SHO, TSO, ward officer SMC, medical officer nominated by ZMO, who shall be responsible for implementing SOPs and directions.

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