Gangtok: Taking utmost care against the possible spreading of coronavirus in the state, the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) of Soreng in West Sikkim district, in a significant development on Monday, asked the Soreng Police to take immediate action against a person, who allegedly breached all safety protocols after reaching the state from a tour of Europe recently.
In a letter to the Station House Officer, Soreng Police Station, Soreng Sub-Division, West Sikkim District (vide memo no : 992/SDM/SRG/19-2020, dated: 22.3.2020), SDM Himant Rai asked the former to take immediate action against Diwas Gurung of Upper Dodak under Section 270 of the IPC.
The district administration has already ordered for compulsory home quarantine of any person reaching with effect from March 7, 2020 in West Sikkim and whereas, as per the precautionary protocol of COVID-19 pandemic, any ‘exposed’ person has to follow home quarantine for 14 days.
“Diwas Gurung, a resident of Upper Dodak, has reached his home at Upper Dodak, Soreng on March 20, 2020 from a Europe tour. He should have been under home quarantine. However, he has breached the safety protocol and attended a function, anthyesti kriya, of some relatives on March 22, 2020 at Kaluk area,” the SDM said.
The letter further said that Diwas Gurung by his irresponsible act has exposed number of persons to the probable infection of COVID-19.
The SDM has also asked the Soreng police to prepare a report on the travel history of the accused, his family members staying with him, persons exposed with him etc, and submit the report by March 23, 2020.
Sikkim has not reported a single case of COVID-19 till date, but the government is taking all possible measures to prevent any outbreak.
Earlier, state chief secretary SC Gupta gave an overview of the current situation, how the government is managing the situation, and further steps needed to be taken to handle it effectively. He stressed that the rate at which the virus is spreading exponentially, there is no room for any complacency. He, however, maintained that there is no need for any panic either.
He said that the quarantine wards at old STNM, New STNM, CRH, Ayush Hospital Geyzing, Namchi District Hospital, Army Hospital, seem adequate for the time being. He however proposed to convert government establishments on the outskirts or slightly isolated places into isolation wards to cater to a larger population.
He further said that in order to check contamination within a territory, several countries and states have called for temporary shutdown of institutions, etc.
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