Given the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases, the people of Yomcha, a remote administrative circle in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang district have decided to impose a ‘self-lockdown’ in the entire circle for a week staring Friday.

The decision to implement the ‘self-lockdown’ was taken during a meeting on Thursday in which senior citizens, medical and government officers and other stakeholders of the circle participated.

Yomcha is around 24km from Aalo, the headquarters of West Siang district.
During the meeting it was decided that the self-lockdown, which would begin from 5am of Friday shall remain in effect until 6pm of July 22.

It was further decided that the entry and exit of any person and vehicles from or towards Yomcha shall be completely restricted and all shops and other business establishments shall remain closed during the said period.

The movement of persons in the town area would be prohibited except for emergency cases while all offices shall be closed from 2 pm, except those on emergency and essential duty.

Meanwhile, the villages heads and chiefs have been asked to pass the aforementioned messages to all villagers and ensure strict compliance.

The Yomcha additional deputy commissioner has lauded the society’s response against COVID-19 which he said was essential considering the recent spike of cases in a place like Yomcha which lacks a proper facility to treat serious patients while evacuation too is difficult during the monsoon.

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