Jorethang Town and Melli Bazaar declared as containment zones, multiple positive cases and deaths reported

Jorethang Town and Melli Bazaar declared as containment zones, multiple positive cases and deaths reported

Gangtok, September 16: On September 16, the Office of the District Collector, Land Revenue & Disaster Management Department, Namchi, South Sikkim through an order u/s 34 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 declared Jorethang Town, Ward No 1. To 5. of Nayabazaaar-Jorethang Municipal Council and Melli Bazaar, South Sikkim as containment zones after positive ** cases of COVID-19 were detected in the above-mentioned areas of South Sikkim District leading to worry that the areas could turn into probable hotspots of COVID-19 unless strict measures were taken immediately as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Affairs, Government of India. 

With Jorethang Town, Ward No 1. To 5. of Nayabazaaar-Jorethang Municipal Council and Melli Bazaar, South Sikkim being declared as containment zones, all movement of vehicles and people except in the delivery of essential commodities and medical emergencies, to and fro from the containment zones have been completely banned. The Incident Commander will have to demarcate the boundary of the containment zone to control strict perimeters. 

All roads, including rural roads which connect the containment zones, will be guarded 24X7 by Police and the SDPO, Jorethang will ensure deployment of sufficient Police personnel to set up barricades and seal the containment zones. All residents of containment zones are under stit home quarantine until further notice and there will be no movement of any persons outside their homes except for emergencies.

Shops and commercial establishments under containment zones except those identified by the  Incident Commander for the sale of essential supplies will be closed until further notice. Shops that have been identified by the Incident Commander shall function only from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. and under the supervision of the Police deployed by SHO, Jorethang. 

The District Surveillance Officer and the Medical Team will trace all the contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the containment zones and will take necessary actions as per protocol. The sanitization team under Sanitization Inspector shall sanitize all public places in the containment zones.

It has been warned that any person failing to comply with the above-mentioned directions of the Incident Commander, will be held responsible and action u/s 188 of the IPC for violation of this order shall be initiated against them. 

The above order comes after the residents of  Melli Bazaar, South Sikkim went into voluntary lockdown after a COVID-19 related death was reported from Melli Bazaar on September 14. The patient was a 64-year-old male from Melli, he had initially tested positive at District Hospital, Namchi, and suffered from diabetes and hypertension. Melli also reported 2 positive cases confirmed through Rapid Antigen Testing on Tuesday. 

The 17th COVID-19 related death on September 14 was a 58-year-old man from Majhigoan, Jorethang, South Sikkim who also suffered from an acute respiratory syndrome, which could lead to the news of Jorethang Town being turned into a containment zone. 

On Wednesday, South Sikkim reported 5 positive cases from -

  • From Namchi area- 2 from Melli Bazaar, 1 from Chisopani.
  • From Jorethang area- 1 from Majhigoan, 1 from Daragoan.

Due to a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases from South Sikkim on Monday which reported 13 cases from Ward No 4 Majhigoan, Ward No 3 Majhigoan, and Chisopani, the office of the District Collector South on Tuesday declared IPCA Laboratories Ltd located in Bharikhola, Jorethang as a containment zone as many positive cases were being detected from there which could lead to it becoming a probable hotspot for COVID-19 and the factory was to be sealed and sanitized immediately for a period of 48 hours which finishes on Thursday. 

According to the State Health Bulletin of September 16, the state on Wednesday reported 49 new cases bringing the state's active cases tally to 480 cases, while 1722 have recovered and have been discharged, with 19 deaths and a total of 2221 cases till date being reported in Sikkim. 

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