20 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 Credit: Representational image

Itanagar: The sub-jail in Khonsa, the headquarters of Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district, has been declared a containment zone after 20 of its inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

“The cases were detected through rapid antigen tests carried out on Wednesday and Thursday,” the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) surveillance officer of the district informed.

The district administration has accordingly declared the entire jail premises as a containment zone for the next 14 days starting Thursday to prevent and contain the spread of the infection.

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An order issued from Tirap deputy commissioner in-charge K Tikhak said that no individual shall enter or exit the zone during the 14-day-period and till the contact tracing process is completed.

The buffer zone for the containment shall be declared upon the findings of the contact tracing initiated by the district medical officer (DMO) and recommendation if any. The entire area shall be barricaded and cordoned off and the entry and exit shall be regulated by the security deployed, the order from the DC in-charge read.

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“The security personnel shall ensure that no person moves out of the area until a further order is issued or the movement is approved by the DC and DMO for medical emergencies,” the order added.

Meanwhile, the DMO has also been asked to constitute a rapid response team to carry out the contact tracing process and rapid antigen, RT-PCR, and TrueNat tests on all the inmates and security personnel deployed in the sub-jail.

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