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COVID-19: Union Cabinet Secretary holds meeting with officials of hotspot cities


Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba (IAS:1982) has held a meeting with Municipal Commissioners (MCs), District Magistrates (DMs) of 13 COVID-19 hit cities to take stock of the situation. The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretaries of concerned States and UTs. All this this may decide the next round of lockdown.
The meeting bears significance as these thirteen cities are believed to be the worst COVID-19 affected locations and constitute about 70 percent of the positive cases in the country. They include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur.
The measures taken by the municipal corporations for the management of COVID-19 cases were reviewed in the meeting. The government has already issued guidelines on management of COVID-19 in urban centres. Features of this strategy include work on high-risk factors indices such as confirmation rate, fatality rate, doubling rate, tests per million people etc etc.
Centre has emphasised that containment zones needs to be geographically defined based on factors; mapping of cases and contacts and their geographical dispersion. This would help in defininh the perimeters and enforcing the strict protocol for lockdown.
The Municipal corporations can decide if mohallas, municipal zones, residential colonies (RWAs), municipal wards, police-station areas, , towns can be designated as containment zones, as required. The cities were advised that the areas should be amicably defined by the district administration and local urban bodies with specific technical inputs from ground level.

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