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Punjab: Residents challenge criteria for containment zones | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: While the UT administration has once again started declaring coronavirus-affected areas as micro-containment zones to contain the spread of the virus and not to cause inconvenience to the public, residents in the micro-containment zones have now challenged the UT’s criteria.

Manish Singal, a resident of Sector 33, whose house no.is 1,651, was included in the list of houses in the containment zone declared at Sector 33, submitted that there are three houses i.e. 1,651 to 1,653 in the containment zone. Earlier, he and his wife and servant were tested positive. After completing their quarantine period, all three of them carried out fresh tests and they all were tested negative.
However, the UT administration on Thursday declared their house as containment zone. Of these three houses, there are no cases in two houses. According to information, there are cases only in one house, which is a corner one. They requested the UT officials not to put their house in containment zone and also showed their negative reports, but to no avail, he added.
A senior UT official said they will check the reports and if required, they will remove this house from the containment zone in the next review meeting.
UT adviser Manoj Parida on Thursday had declared six new containment zones in the city. Parida ordered declaration of parts of sectors 15, 29, 33B, 38B, 44D and 49A Pushpac Society, as containment zones.
The adviser said the issue of outbreak of Covid-19 was examined by a committee and a considered view emerged that the affected areas be declared as micro-containment zones in the city.
The containment zones were declared on the basis of the recommendations by the affected area committee, comprising municipal commissioner, district magistrate, senior superintendent of police, director health services, sub-divisional magistrate (east), state surveillance officer and superintendent of police.
The recommendations were placed before the UT adviser, who further discussed the issue with the UT administrator, and accordingly a final decision was taken.

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