Gurugram’s ‘macro’ containment zones to see stricter curbs | Gurgaon News


GURUGRAM: In wake of the rising number of Covid cases, the size of containment zones in the district was on Sunday increased from 300 metres to 1 km. Not only will the movement be restricted in these new ‘macro’ containment zones, the rules will also get stricter.
The move came on a day when deputy commissioner Yash Garg ordered the imposition of Section 144 of the CrPC with immediate effect. However, the order will not apply to the police force, other public servants on duty, persons of medical industries, and institutions and persons working in sectors related to essential products and services. As per the order, people in all corporate, IT and ITES units will have to work from home till May 3.
On Saturday, the state government had asked the district administration of six worst-hit districts,including Gurgaon, to impose Section 144 if the need arose.
The city has 178 ‘micro’ containment zones at present and the move to switch to ‘macro’ zones is aimed at curtailing the surge, officials said. Macro containment zones are areas where there are more than 15 active cases whereas the minimum cut-off for micro zones is three Covid cases.
According to the health department, as many as 48 macro containment zones were proposed on Sunday. These come under 10 primary healthcare centres, including the ones in Tigra, Palra, Firoz Gandhi Colony, Chandra Lok, Daultabad, Choma, Nathupur, Bhondsi, Patel Nagar and Kasan.
The district administration will review these areas on Monday. The final list will be declared after the review, the health department said. Vaccination camps will be also set up in these areas as people will not be able to move outside of these zones for the next 14 days.
The health department plans to tighten containment measures and ramp up testing in the new zones. It plans to carry out antigen testing in these areas.
These macro containment zones will be de-notified after 14 days if no new cases are reported. “Only shops selling essential items will be allowed to operate in such zones. We are expanding the area of containment zones to curb the spread of the virus,” said Dr Yash Garg, deputy commissioner, Gurgaon. The health department will survey to identify people with influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) symptoms in these zones and antigen testing will be conducted by the rapid response team (RRT).
The health department said it is identifying the hotspots to create the new zones. “We will contain movement on streets or towers of buildings,” said Gurgaon chief medical officer Virender Yadav.
The RRT has already provided over 2,000 oximeters to check the status of oxygen saturation in Covid-19 patients. The plan is to ensure that patients in home isolation do not develop symptoms at a later stage and deteriorate suddenly, leaving no time for medical intervention. The response teams are monitoring the condition of each patient daily and the procedure will continue till the situation improves, the health department said.
In April last year, the micro containment zones were created with a radius of 3 km (7 km set aside as buffer zone). In June, it was reduced to 1 km and in February, it was further reduced to 300 m. Currently, the city has over 25,000 active cases, of which 24,000 patients are in home isolation.
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