J&K Home Secy to monitor CAB enforcement; report to SEC daily

J&K Home Secy to monitor CAB enforcement; report to SEC daily
An official urges people through a loudspeaker to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and follow the disease protocol amid a rise in daily infections in Srinagar, in city centre Lal Chowk in September.[Representational Picture]Mubashir Khan/GK File

Jammu: J&K Home Secretary will monitor the enforcement of Covid Appropriate Behaviour closely and will submit a report to the chairperson of the State Executive Committee (Chief Secretary) on a daily basis.

The direction was part of new guidelines issued this evening in an order by the Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta, who is also the chairperson State Executive Committee (SEC) of J&K Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction.

Mehta also instructed that the DCs will keep active track of the positivity rates in their respective jurisdictions.

“Strict perimeter control (Micro-Containment Zone) shall be implemented for any unusual spike in positivity rate in any given locality or area. This shall be done to ensure no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services,” he stated.

Spelling out Standard Operating Procedure for these defined Micro Containment Zones, he said that the zone would be confined to either 50 meters or a single building.

“A buffer zone of 150 meters will be put in place between the Micro Containment Zone and the rest of the locality. There shall be intensive house-to-house surveillance within the zone by surveillance teams formed for the purpose. Testing shall be carried out as per prescribed protocol. Listing of contacts shall be carried out in respect of all persons found positive, along with their tracking, identification, quarantine and follow up of contacts for 14 days (80 percent of contacts to be traced in 72 hours,” it was instructed.

As per guidelines night curfew will continue to remain in force in all districts from 9 pm to 6 am but for those districts with positivity rate below 0.2 and weekly case load below 250 where it would be from 11 pm to 6 am.

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