Zuarinagar is containment zone

Margao: South Goa district collector Ajit Roy on Monday declared most areas of Zuarinagar as a containment zone, factoring in the spike of COVID positive cases in the localities.

The order says that “parts of ward number seven, eight, and nine of Sancoale village (Zuarinagar area), bounded on one side NH-17 B, starting point opposite ZIOL tanker and end point opposite Zuarinagar government high school, near internal road starting from electricity department compound, Zuarinagar to Umeya building” have been declared as a containment zone after 29 members from 17 families tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roy declared the Zuarinagar localities as containment zone exercising the powers conferred upon him under sections 30 and 34 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and under provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 read with the Goa Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulation 2020’.

However, the Umeya building, the electricity quarters, and the Lamani colony areas have been declared as buffer zone.

Screening of suspects, testing of suspected cases, quarantine, isolation, social distancing and other public health measures in the containment zone are some of the initial steps mentioned in the action plan.

The order highlights that the eight-member rapid response team will investigate the outbreak and initiate control measures by assessing the situation, and that the deputy collector, Mormugao, will head the team.

The other members of the team include the deputy superintendent of police, Mormugao, health officer Vasco, deputy director of south, fire station officer, mamlatdar, civil supply inspector and executive engineer (PWD), Vasco.

Parts of Moti Dongor declared containment zone

Margao: Parts of densely populated Moti Dongor slum in Margao were declared as a containment zone by South Goa district collector Ajit Roy on Monday after 17 people tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roy in his order said, “Parts of ward number 18 of Margao municipal council starting from Sulabh Sauchalaya near Masjid, to BSNL quarters and parts of ward number 22, beginning from Renuka Devi temple to public water tank are declared as containment zone while the all the other areas of these two are declared as buffer zone.”

The containment zone has been declared to contain the spread of the virus, the order said.

Interestingly, all those declared containment zones in South Goa are densely populated areas. [NT]