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Covid-19 surge: more Srinagar localities declared containment zones, here’s the list

Authorities on Friday declared more areas in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar as Micro Containment Zones in view of the detection of fresh Covid-19 cases.

Officials said the Srinagar administration said that more localities of Batamaloo, Khanyar, Zadibal, Bemina and SR Gunj have been declared as Covid-19 containment zones to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The areas which have been declared as Micro Containment Zones include Reshi Mohalla near Muskaan Resorts Abi Nowpora Kohan Khan, Sonwar, Khashkhash Bagh near Central Jail Rainawari, Khimber ReshiPora near bus stop, Jabeen Guest lane near Abdullah bridge Rajbagh and Majeed Bagh Ganderpora Eidgah.

Officials said that at least these areas have 39 active cases of Covid-19 and to prevent the further spread of the virus, the localities have been declared as micro-containment zones.

The authorities also declared three localities including Qamarabad, Usmania Colony and HIG Colony of Bemina as containment zones.

District Magistrate Srinagar, who is also the chairman of DDMA, Mohammad Ajaz 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 fifteen Covid-19 positive cases have been reported from Qamarabad/ Usmania Colony/ HIG Colony of Bemina, 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, Qamarabad/ Usmania Colony, HIG Colony of Bemina 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 meters, the committee headed by Administrator of the containment zone (Tehsildar) may decide boundary of containment zone,” it reads.

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

As per the order, CMO Srinagar should activate the Rapid Response Teams 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/Budgam 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 a 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 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.

“The committee under the supervision of Tehsildar shall be responsible for management and containment of zone. The administrator should ensure that announcements are made inside containment zone for restricting movement and implementation of SOPs.”

It states that it shall be also ensured that all basic requirements of the population are provided at their doorsteps for which the administrator can involve any employee of any department within his jurisdiction.

“Tehsildar to establish 24*7 control room meant exclusively for Containment Zone. Sub Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) shall be responsible for overall monitoring and supervision and shall ensure teams work in a coordinated manner,” it states

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