COVID-19 crisis: Miao circle in Arunachal declared as containment zone

The entire Miao circle in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh has been declared as containment zone after a frontline worker tested positive for COVID-19 on July 10.

The Changlang district administration has declared the adjoining Kharsang circle as a buffer zone from July 11 to 15.

The order was passed to help the administration conduct rapid contact tracing and prevent any community transmission, an official said.

The Miao police station was also to be sealed, and all police personnel in Miao circle will be quarantined and tested, the Arunachal Times reported.

During the time, movement of vehicles in Miao circle is prohibited, excluding the vehicles of the district administration and the health and police departments.

All shops and other government and private establishments will also remain completely closed till July 15.

The SP has been entrusted to ensure barricading of all entry/exit routes in Miao circle and ensure movement of only the exempted categories of vehicles.

Only selected essential commodities will be allowed inside Miao circle from July 13 onwards while strictly adhering to the SOPs issued by the MHA.

Returnees coming to Miao circle will be kept at Kharsang circle until the period of containment zone notification is over.

All high-risk contacts have been instructed to undergo strict quarantine till their test results are received.

In Kharsang circle, shops of essential commodities and services will open only between 8 am and 12 noon.

“Any violations of this order will be dealt as per legal provisions of Section 188 IPC and Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” an order from the district administration read.

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