Covid 2nd wave: Kupwara village declared red zone after positive cases

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The authorities on Saturday declared village Shikari Mohalla Keegam in Kupwara district as red zone after five cases of covid-19 were reported from there, officials said on Saturday.

“In view of prevailing situation and detection of five positive cases of COVID-19 virus…the village Shikari Mohalla Keegam is declared Red Zone and consequently there shall be no inward or outward movement of any person(s) from the Zone and the people shall stay indoors strictly,” reads an order issued by the District Magistrate Kupwara Imam Din.

Further Surrounding Villages of Shikari Mohalla Tehsil Drugmulla are declared as buffer zones and the inhabitants of these areas shall also restrict their movement and shall not allow relatives visitors to visit their homes without written permission of the Administrator concerned, the order reads.

“Tehsildar Drugmulla shall act as Administrator for red and buffer zones declared as indicated above,” it said, adding, “Further, the Administrator shall ensure screening of Households in the Red Zone and furnish information as per the prescribed format to this office by 1:00 Pm on daily basis.”

All the officers of the line departments have been asked to ensure the availability of basic facilities including food grains, L.PG, medicines etc in the Red and buffer zones. “They shall promptly respond to medical emergencies and the concerned BMO shall dedicate one ambulance for the Red Zone area.”

The DM also asked the concerned BMO to conduct survey of co-morbid and old age (above 60yrs) people in the area and ensure their sampling in co-ordination with the administrator and assisting officials.

“Consequently report to COVID-19 Control Room CMO Office Kupwara on daily basis,” the order reads, adding, “The concerned SHO shall ensure barricading at all the entry points to the Red Zone to prevent inward and outward movement without valid pass issued by Administrator and fumigation of Vehicles of other essential services departments allowed to enter for Public Service delivery.” (GNS)

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