Section of McLeod Ganj declared Covid-19 containment zone

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The TIPA Road Area of McleodGanj. (Photo courtesy: Reuters)

(TibetanReview.net, Dec10’20) – A section of the main market area of Mcleod Ganj town, extending from the main crossing to Dolma crossing, has been declared a containment zone on Dec 9 after up to 15 Covid-19 cases were detected to prevent community spread of the viral infection.

An order issued by the SDM (Sub-Divisional Magistrate), Dharamsala, Harish Gajju, said 11 persons from the area had tested positive for novel coronavirus infection, reported the tribuneindia.com Dec 10.

Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code had also been imposed, the SDM has added. The section empowers the chief executive authority of a local area to issue an order to prohibit the assembly of four or more people in an area.

The containment zone designation means that residents in the area have to stay indoors and come out only for a medical emergency, the report noted.

The local Tibetan settlement Officer Mr Kunga Tsering has said Six Tibetans had been found infected with Coronavirus in the last few days in McLeod Ganj, with nine more cases found on Dec 9 through contact tracing.

The testing followed an order by the SDM that everyone from shops and restaurants be tested for the novel coronavirus in view of a surge in the number of cases in Kangra District. The testing was done by Tanda Hospital, Kangra District.

“Following the orders of the SDM to test all close contacts of six infected people, tests of their contacts resulted in nine new infections being found today,” tibetsun.com Dec 9 quoted Tsering as saying.

According to phayul.com Dec 9, the cases were detected from Shartse Monastery as well as restaurants and cafes along one of the main streets of the market and along Jogiwara Road.

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