DA identifies 27 micro-containment zones in capital

ITANAGAR, 6 May: The Itanagar capital region (ICR) district administration has identified 27 micro-containment zones in Itanagar and Naharlagun for a period of 14 days with immediate effect, as per the recommendation of the district medical officer, as clustering of Covid-19 positive cases have been detected in these areas.

In Itanagar, the locations are the zoo road and Chimpu under Ward 1, Ganga village under Ward 2, Chandranagar under Ward 3, Vivek Vihar and RK Mission area under Ward 4, F Sector under Ward 6, ESS Sector, RWD Colony, Garden Dew School and Dominos building area under Ward 7, Mowb-II and Niti Vihar under Ward 9, C Sector and Bank Tinali under Ward 10, P Sector under Ward 11, and Jollang area under Wards 4, 5 and 12.

In Naharlagun, the locations are Papu Nallah under Ward 12, C Sector under Ward 14, Polo Colony and Damsite under Ward 15, Model Village, A Sector and E Sector under Ward 18, and Nirjuli, Lekhi and the NERIST area under Ward 19.

Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom informed that the residents of the micro-containment areas are to be put under home quarantine, and that supply of essential items and other emergency services shall be regulated by  coordinating with the shopkeepers/home delivery firms, etc, while strictly adhering to the SOPs.

Earlier, the DC convened a series of virtual meetings with all the stakeholders, including ICR SP Jimmy Chiram and the SDPOs of Itanagar and Naharlagun, administrative officers, ICR DMO Dr Mandip Perme, and other stakeholders to discuss modalities to declare the aforesaid areas as micro-containment zones.

Briefing media persons, the DC informed that declaration of containment zones is necessary to stop the chain of transmission.

He also informed that only those sectors which have more than five positives cases have been declared as micro-containment zones. Also, at locations that cover a large area, efforts would be made by the team of the DMO along with the magistrates and the police to identify only those locations where primary contacts have been made by positive persons.

 “They shall try to visit the houses/buildings that have positive cases to contain, and not the whole sector,” Potom said, and assured that “the DA would make every effort to avoid inconvenience to the public.”

The DC also informed that the DA along with the APMC is trying to set the price of commodities, so as to avoid black marketing.

He said that people should realize the seriousness of the situation, and requested them to come forward for testing if they develop any symptoms or have come in contact with any positive person.

Earlier, in the morning, the DC convened a meeting with religious leaders and market associations, and sought their cooperation. He asked them to ensure that Covid appropriate behaviour is strictly followed.

The ICR DA also created awareness on Covid-19 through announcements at various locations of the capital region, along with a team of the ANSU. (With DIPRO inputs)