Updated: Fri, 10 Apr 2020 01:50 PM IST
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The coronavirus pandemic has created a havoc across the nation. The deadly virus has afflicted 6,412 people and killed 199 so far in the country. To contain the spread, the central government had on March 25 imposed a nation-wide lockdown and is taking every possible measure to stop this highly contagious virus from spreading.
Joining hands with the central government, the state governments have also implemented slew of measures to stop this virus from spreading and reaching the community transmission stage.
In the national capital, the government has identified 23 containment zones and placed them under a hard lockdown to stop the further spread of the COVID-19. So here are the answers of some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the containment zones and what will be available and restricted in these containment areas.
What is a containment zone or area?
The health ministry said, a containment zone refers to a specific geographical area where positive cases of coronavirus are found. Strict movement restrictions are put in place in such areas to prevent further spread of the virus.
These zones are created to map the local transmission of the disease and prevent the contagion from spreading. They are identified by the Rapid Response Team (RRT) based on the extent of cases listed and mapped by them.
What happens if my area is identified as containment zone?
If your area comes under a containment zone, it means that you are not allowed to step outside your home, even for buying the essential commodities.
How can the people living in containment zone buy essential commodities?
The government has taken the responsibility to deliver essential services at your door step. The local administration has tied up with Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and market associations to provide door-to-door supply of essential items. Even medicines will be delivered to your door-steps.
Who is allowed and restricted in these containment zones?
All vehicular movement, movement of public transport and personnel movement will be stopped. All roads including rural roads connecting the containment zone will be guarded by Police. For personnel and vehicles requiring regular movement, a pass/ID card may be issued with details recorded and communicated.
Even the media is not allowed to enter these areas, but for journalists and other workers related to the essential services living in these areas, like health care officials, local administration workers and municipality workers will be allowed to go to their respective workplaces. But they have to undergo screening for Covid-19 symptoms each time they enter or exit a containment zone.
For how long will my area continue to be in a containment zone?
The government has said that the containment plans will stay in place till the COVID-19 threat is not ruled out in these areas and the infected cases are reduced to zero.
How to know if my house falls in the containment zone?
The government has issued a list of the areas which were identified as containment zones. Additionally, the local administration is is also informing the residents of these areas using the public address systems. You will also get to know about it after seeing heavy police in your area and entry and exit points being cordoned off
What to expect during this time?
Nothing extra ordinary, just multiple screenings by health officials for the safety of the people. Regular sanitisation of the area on daily basis. The health officials will also track people if any of them has developed the symptoms of the coronavirus, (fever, sore throat ,etc.).
What is the difference between a hot spot and a containment zone?
While all hotspots are turned into containment zones, all containment zones are not always hot spots. A hotspot is an area which is identified by the authorities after multiple cases (minimum 6) emerge from that place. The authorities declare some lanes or neighbourhoods as containment zone even if it has only one case, but a hotspot is declared after multiple cases emerge.
When the containment strategy is implemented?
In the containment zones, the strategy is devised to contain the further spread of the virus. The strategy is adopted when the authorities failed to trace the source of the infection -- travel history or contact with a positive case -- of an infected patient.
What are the punishments for the violators?
At first, the violators will be warned. After the warning, the violator can be booked under sections of Disaster Management Act, 2005, Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and under the provision of IPC. The violator can be handed an imprisonment of up to two years or fine decided by the authorities.
Here are the 23 containment zones identified by the authorities in Delhi:
1. Entire affected street near Gandhi Park, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi
2. Entire affected street of Gali No 6 , L 1 Sangam Vihar, New Delhi
3. Shahajahanabad society, plot no 1, Sector 11, Dwarka
4. Dinpur Village
5. Markaz Masjid and Nizamuddin Basti
6. Nizamuddin West (G and D block) areas
7. B Block Jhangirpuri
8. H. No 141 to H. No 180, Gali no. 14, Kalyanpuri, Delhi
9. Mansara Apartments , Vasundhara Enclave, Delhi
10.3 Galis of Khichirpur, including Gali containing H. No. 5/387 Khichirpur, Delhi
11. Gali No 9, Pandav Nagar, Delhi 110092.
12. Vardhaman Apartments, Mayur Vihar Phase I, Extension, Delhi
13. Mayurdhwaj Apartments , I P Extension, Patparganj, Delhi
14. Gali no. 4, from H. No. J- 3/115 ( Nagar Dairy) to H. No. J- 3/108( towards Anar wali Masjid Chowk), Kishan Kunj Extension, Delhi
15. Gali No. 4, from H. No J- 3/101 to H. No. J - 3/107 Krishan Kunj Extension, Delhi
16. Gali No. 5, A Block ( From H No. A- 176 to A-189), West Vinod Nagar, Delhi 110092
17. J & K , L and H pockets, Dilshad Garden
18. G, H, J, Blocks old, Seemapuri
19. F- 70 to 90 block, Dilshad Colony
20. Pratap Khand , Jhilmil Colony
21. Shastri Market and JJ cluster, South Moti Bagh
22. Bengali Market, Babar Road, Todarmal Road, Babar lane and school lane
23. Sadar area