Itanagar: The Itanagar Capital Region (ICR) district administration has declared several areas of the ICR as micro containment zones following a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the area.
Micro containment zones are areas where several COVID-19 cases have been reported recently. Unlike containment zones, the idea of declaring an area or building as a micro containment zone is to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, while causing less disruption to normal lives and economic activities.
The areas which have been declared as micro containment zones by the administration in Itanagar include the Zoo Road and Chimpu parts of Ward no 1, Ganga Village in Ward no 2, Chandranagar area in Ward no 3, and the Vivek Vihar and RK Mission areas of Ward no 4.
The F-Sector in Ward no 6 has also been put under the list of micro containment zones, along with the Mowb-II and Niti Vihar areas of Ward no 9.
The ESS sector, RWD Colony, Dominios building and Garden Dew School in Ward no 7, and the C-Sector and Bank Tinali areas of Ward no 10 have also been added to the micro containment zone list.
The P-Sector area under Ward no 11, and the Jullang area, which consist of Wards 4, 5 and 12, have also been declared as micro containment zones by the administration.
Meanwhile, in Naharlagun the Pappu Nallah area under Ward 12, C-Sector in Ward 14, Polo Colony and Damsite areas in Ward 15 have been included in the micro containment zone category.
The Model Village and the A & E sectors of Ward no 18, the Nirjuli and Lekhi areas of Ward no 19, and the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) have also been marked as micro containment zones by the administration.
ICR Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom, in an order on Thursday, said that all the inmates of the aforementioned areas would be put under home quarantine for 14 days and the district medical officer shall immediately collect the swab samples of the primary and secondary contacts for COVID tests.
No unauthorized persons shall be allowed to enter or exit from the aforementioned areas without prior approval from the concerned medical officers, the order said.
The movement of people for supply of essential items and other emergency services will also be regulated in the micro containment zones, while the DMO has been asked to oversee the immediate medical needs of the inmates.
Essential items required by the inmates shall be provided in coordination with shopkeepers and home delivery firms by the concerned administrative officers and police and health workers, the DC said in his order.
Earlier, while briefing the media, DC Potom informed that the declaration of micro containment zones was necessary to stop the chain of transmission.
“Only those sectors which have more than 5 positive cases have been declared as micro containment zones. Also, at locations that cover a large area, efforts would be made by the team of DMO, along with the magistrates and police to identify a specific area where the primary contacts have been made by the positive persons,” he said.
The teams shall try to visit the houses/buildings that have positive cases to contain the virus spread and not the entire sector, Potom added.
He also assured that the district administration would make every effort to avoid inconvenience to the public.
The DC also informed that the administration along with Arunachal Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee is trying to set the price of commodities to avoid black marketing.
People should realize the seriousness of the situation, he said while requesting all to come forward for testing if they develop any symptoms or come in contact with a Covid-19 positive person.
Earlier, in the morning, the DC convened a meeting with the religious leaders and market associations and sought their cooperation.
The Itanagar Capital Region recorded 64 new infections on Thursday, taking the number of active cases in the region to 514.
Arunachal, at present, has 1,776 active cases, while 17,577 people have recovered from the disease, and a total of 59 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in the state so far.