Orgs retract total lockdown call

AALO, Jul 20: The West Siang District Students’ Union (WSDSU), the ATPWDS and the PAYWA have retracted their proposal to impose a weeklong total lockdown in West Siang district after receiving assurance from the administration that all preventive measures would be adopted to check the spread of Covid-19 in the district.
The district administration on Sunday decided to impose a partial weeklong lockdown – the same day that the organizations decided to impose a total lockdown.
The issue was sorted out during a meeting on Monday between representatives of the WSDSU, the PAYWA and the ATPWDS and officers comprising DC Moki Loyi, SP Jummar Basar and DMO Dr Moli Riba, among others.
“Nothing is more important than security and safety of the people in this pandemic hour, and the latest protocol issued is quite in line with our objective to start the lockdown,” the DC said.
The SP said that a total lockdown would compel him to withdraw police force engaged in Covid-19 duties “and pose only hurdle in our endeavour to fight against the disease together.”
The ADC, the DMO and the town magistrate read out the guidelines to be followed, installation of Covid-19 testing machine, and law and order in the district, respectively.
Representing the ATPWDS, Nyiken Lollen said that the call for a total lockdown had been necessitated to “check the flow of many returnees from different areas having high risk of Covid-19 cases.”
He added that, since the guidelines issued by the administration are largely in line with their demands, “the total lockdown is suspended in the interest of the district.” (DIPRO)