Delhi govt to screen all people living in COVID-19 containment zones as cases in national capital cross 3,500-mark
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital increasing at rapid pace, the Delhi government on Thursday evening ordered the screening of all people, who are living in the containment zones, at least thrice within 14 days of identifying these areas.
At present, there are 100 containment zones in the national capital, 11 of which have a population of over 1 lakh.
The decision was taken by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party government after a spurt in cases was recorded from the containment zones areas despite the cubs and restrictions imposed in these areas, where people are not even allowed to move out of their houses and all essential items were delivered at their doorsteps by the authorities.
The order issued by Chief Secretary of Delhi, Vijay Dev, also said that if screening in any containment zone has not been conducted yet, it will be done within the next three days. Further the order also stated that all the people living in the 100 containment zones will also be encouraged to download the Aarogya Setu app.
"Screening of all residents of containment zones must be carried out at least three times within 14 days of issuance of notification of the containment zones," the order stated.
"The first screening of all residents within the containment zone, if not completed, should be concluded within three days of issuance of this order," it added.
Until now, surveillance teams constituted by the authorities were conducting door-to-door survey and enquire people whether they had cough, fever and other symptoms of COVID-19. If anybody had cough and fever, he or she was required to undergo screening.
"A database of senior citizens and the persons having co-morbid conditions may be properly maintained for close monitoring and surveillance of such persons," the order stated.
According the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday morning, the total number of coronavirus cases in the national stood at 3,515, while the number of fatalities due to COVID-19 rose to 59.
Posted By: Talib Khan