By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, July 04: Arunachal Pradesh Govt on Saturday announced total lockdown in Capital Complex due to ever rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Chief secretary Naresh Kumar announced lockdown from 5 PM on July 6 to 5 AM on July 13 during a press briefing here. He was flanked by health secretary Dr P Parthiban, state surveillance officer Dr L Jampa and Capital Complex DC Komkar Dulom, which was confirmed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in a tweet later.
Capital Complex saw rapid rise in Covid-19 cases causing worries for which the state administration decided this as a corrective step, the CS said, adding the Capital Complex has so far recorded 89 cases, highest in the state, including 81 active cases and eight discharged.
On Saturday, 20 COVID-19 positive cases were reported, taking state’s tally to 252, including 176 positive cases, 75 recoveries and a lone death while test reports of 1584 cases were awaited.
The district-wise reported cases were Capital Complex (6), Changlang (6) and West Kameng (8) while positive cases of Capital Complex had returned from Assam (5) & Bihar (1); of Changlang returned from Tamil Nadu (3), Uttar Pradesh (2) Haryana (1) and of West Kameng returned from Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra (2), West Bengal, Gujarat, Jharkhan, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana, Dr . Jampa had a day earlier.
Lockdown in Capital Complex and Doimukh circle from 5 PM on July 6 to 5 AM on July 13 without movement of people, including vehicles.
No movement of people to/from this are to other regions (except for emergencies with prior approval of DC); except following Govt offices, other offices shall remain closed – Raj Dhawan, Civil Secretariat & CMO, CS office, home, PHQ, health, disaster management, PWD (road & highways), power, PHE&WS,NIC, offices of Capital Complex DC, police, courts, fire & emergency services, disaster management & prisons, electricity, water, sanitation, highway office/works; Govt officials of above offices to be allowed to travel in their own vehicle and Govt vehicles with valid Govt. ID card; all other officials to work from home; all commercial & private establishments to remain closed except banks & ATMs, print and electronic media; health facilities & pharmacies; telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting & cable services; power, water & other utility services; all industrial establishments to remain closed, except continuous manufacturing units; all transport services to remain suspended, except transportation for essential goods only; fire, law & order, emergency services, health services; transportation of essential commodities to other districts through Gumto Gate only; hospitality services to remain suspended except for establishments used/earmarked for quarantine facilities; home supply of LPG cylinders to be allowed; all places of worship to be closed for public, no religious congregations to be permitted without any exception; all social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions/gatherings to be barred.
In case of funerals, congregation of not more than 20 persons to be permitted.AII enforcing authorities to note that these strict restrictions related to movement of people, but not for essential goods.
Any person violating lockdown measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action u/s 188 of IPC.
Assam Govt starts plasma bank
Assam government Friday opened a plasma bank at Guwahati Medical College Hospital for treating COVID-19 patients. The first donor was college’s PG (medicine) student Dr Likhitesh, who had tested positive in May and cured later. Assam tops the COVID-19 list in NE India with 9,434 cases till Friday.
State Health & Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma twitted expressing his gratitude to Dr Likhitesh for donating plasma, and to the team working at the bank. “I encourage cured patients to come forward and donate.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, earlier this week in a telephonic conversation with MoS (Health) Pijush Hazarika Sarma had suggested the state Govt conduct 10,000 tests per day in Guwahati in view of the rising cases. The new testing regime involves a ‘Q Covid-19 Ag’ test, through which samples can be obtained within 15 minutes to an hour.
As of Saturday, Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has confirmed total 648,315 cases, 394,226 recoveries (including 1 migration) and 18,655 deaths in India, largest number of confirmed cases in Asia, and fourth highest number of confirmed cases in the world with the number of total confirmed cases as on June 3 when India’s fatality rate was relatively lower at 2.80% against global 6.13%.
Lockdown: On March 22, India observed a 14-hour voluntary public curfew as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, followed by mandatory lockdowns in COVID-19 hotspots and all major cities.
On March 24, PM Modi ordered 21-day nationwide lockdown affecting 1.3 crore population of India whose at least 22%lives below the poverty line. It’s very difficult to expect them to use sanitiser and soap and even water. Many of them cannot afford to do so. It was extended on April 14 till 3 May and again followed by two-week (May 3-17) extension with substantial relaxations. However,
Unlocking phases barring containment zones:.
June 12: Unlock phase-I begun permitting foreigners & OCI cardholders to fly back to India.
July 01: Unlock phase-II begun with relaxations in night curfew, provision for more domestic flights and trains, and clearance for more than five people in a shop. But, schools, colleges & other educational institutions will remain closed till July 31 and Metro rail, multiplexes, gyms, (With agency inputs)