Panaji: North Goa district collector R Menaka on Wednesday declared parts of Indiranagar, a densely populated slum in Chimbel, as a micro containment zone for being vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus.
As many as 61 houses have been included in the micro containment zone, while about 50 more houses have been declared coming under a buffer zone in Indiranagar.
Chimbel saw a total of 27 COVID cases, and there have been 10 cases in Indiranagar.
This order was issued under the regulations of the Goa Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, and the Disaster Management Act-2005.
Any violation of the order will attract punishment under relevant sections of the law. As per the standard operating procedure in the containment zone, the crisis management team will be headed by the incident commander, who will be responsible for overall management of the containment and buffer zones.
The incident commander should ensure marking of the outer limit of the containment zone to facilitate the police in barricading for effective perimeter control.
The movement of persons in or out of the zones will not be permitted except for medical emergencies, maintaining supply of essential goods and services.
The rapid response team headed by the sub-divisional magistrate of Tiswadi will investigate the outbreak and initiate control measures by assessing the situation.
This team will conduct an extensive COVID-19 screening drive visiting the houses in the entire sealed area, develop contact with confirmed cases and check travel history. The team will also start testing ‘suspects’ and place them under home or institutional quarantining based on symptoms.
The health officer of primary health centre, Chimbel, will deploy teams to ensure thermal screening of each and every person living in the containment zone.