COVID19: All residents within 50 mtr radius of containment zones to be tested

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To ascertain the exact spread of COVID19 in the summer capital Srinagar, the government has decided to conduct testing of all residents of localities where five or more cases have been reported.

The decision comes in the wake of soaring number of positive cases in the district and was aimed at containing further spread of the COVID19. It follows a comprehensive review of the prevailing situation surrounding COVID19 and the existing containment efforts in the district.

Under this new micro containment plan, localities where five or more COVID cases have been reported will be notified as containment zones with a reduced radius of 50 to 75 meters.

In these micro containment zones, which will replace the existing 200 meter zones, all residents within this reduced radius will be tested for COVID19 using the Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT).

Testing teams will visit each notified containment zone and conduct testing of all members of all households within these micro containment zones. The RAT which will be used during this entire exercise and the results will be declared and shared on the spot.

Each micro containment zone to be notified will be closed at the perimeter to restrict entry and exit until their number of positive cases goes below five as part of a comprehensive new containment and surveillance plan. The aim of closing off these zones is to contain spread of COVID19.

In localities where the number of COVID19 positive cases is below five only those households – and their contacts – will be tested where a positive case has been reported and that restrictions will remain restricted to those particular households.

Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the perimeter of COVID19 containment zones in Srinagar has been revised and reduced in order to streamline and make more efficient the containment efforts.

He said the decision to conduct testing of all households within a notified micro containment zone has been taken in view of the spike and soaring numbers of COVID19 cases in the district.

Choudhary urged all residents of localities notified or to be notified as micro containment zones to support the administration in the containment efforts being intensified to reduce the number of infected cases.

Meanwhile the administration has de-notified at least 17 areas earlier notified as containment zones after reduction in their COVID cases.