New Delhi: The Delhi government has ordered all residents of Covid-19 containment zones to be screened thrice in the 14 days following the areas’ designation as hotspots.
The directive, issued late Thursday by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, comes as fresh cases of coronavirus continue to emerge from 75 per cent of the capital’s containment zones. There are 97 containment zones in Delhi.
Classification as containment zone bars the residents of an area from all movement — no outsider can enter the area either, unless to deliver essential services.
The order, a copy of which was accessed by ThePrint, states that everyone living in these zones “should be made aware of the Aarogya Setu app” — the government app that allows one to know of coronavirus cases in the vicinity — and that the prevention guidelines issued by the Ministry of Ayush be widely publicised.
Until earlier this week, there were 100 containment zones across 11 districts in Delhi housing a population of over 5 lakh. However, three have been “de-contained” over the past 24 hours.
“We had contained Vardhaman Apartments and implemented operation SHIELD to prevent the spread of Corona. Since new cases have not surfaced there in the last four weeks, we are decontaining the area..,” Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet Thursday.
The government Thursday also scaled down restrictions in Shahjahanabad Society at Dwarka and a lane in E-block, East of Kailash.
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According to official guidelines, areas can be “de-sealed” or “de-contained” only 28 days after the discharge of the last confirmed case. The number of sealed areas in South Delhi has increased from 5 to 14 in the last two weeks of April, while it has doubled in the north district.
A database for elderly, those with comorbidities
No new cases have been reported from the east district in the past two weeks. In south-west district, two new containment zones came up over the past fortnight. However, data was not available for the central district, north-east district and north-west district.
The order issued Thursday also called for maintaining a database of senior citizens (above 60 years of age) and people with comorbid/underlying medical conditions — believed to be more vulnerable to Covid-19 — to ensure close monitoring and surveillance.
The chief secretary also stated that, in containment zones with a population of more than 10,000, micro-level planning should be done and standard protocols issued by the Union as well as the Delhi governments strictly implemented.
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