DA to intensify vaccination, random Covid tests for shopkeepers & residents

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, 29 May: Random Covid tests of shopkeepers and residents and vaccination drives will be intensified during the extended weeklong lockdown in the Itanagar capital region (ICR), informed Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom.

Updating that the Covid lockdown, which was scheduled to end at 5 am on 31 May, has been extended till 5 am of 7 May, Potom said that shopkeepers and other business establishment employees will not be allowed to open business establishments if they do not get tested.

Taking a cue from Covid test reports being sought at airports, he also informed that

 the residents of the capital will have to get tested for Covid to move around in the marketplaces.

“We have held discussions on these two points and will very likely implement them soon through the flying squads,” he said.

Dispelling apprehension among people that they would be shifted to a Covid care centre if they test positive, Potom assured that those who test positive will be guided on ways to self-isolate at home.

Informing that the positivity rate of primary/secondary contacts tested since the beginning till 28 May is 39.29 percent (combining all tests done through centres and flying squad teams) in the capital, the DC said that it shows that “there is a Covid positive person almost everywhere.”

“The health department and the district administration, along with all other stakeholders will hold a meeting in the next two days to draw a roadmap to contain the spread of the virus in the capital, and will implement them during the extended lockdown,” he said.

“All lockdown guidelines will remain the same,” he added.