South dist admn feels rural disobedience of Covid guidelines causing spike in cases

Namchi, 18 Jul [IPR]: The state of Sikkim has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the past few days,especially in the rural areas despite laying down of strict SoPs and guidelines.

It was felt in the meeting held with DTF on 16 July by DAC/South that not following Covid appropriate behaviours and guidelines set by Central and State Governments by the rural populace may be the major reason for the spread of the virus in the rural areas.

Hence ,it was directed by the Chairman of DDMA, District Collector (South), Bharani Kumar,to all surveillance teams of South district to ensure that people strictly follow the guidelines set forth by the Governmentby frequently visiting rural areas and taking strict action against the violators so that the number of positive Covid cases are minimised at the earliest .

Following the direction of DC (South), a team comprising of Sr.SP-South,ADC-South, DSO(S),BDO-Sumbuk and SHOs of Jorethang and Melli took a round of Melli constituency on 17July. The team visited places like fair price shops, milk collection Centers, restaurants, child care centers and families performing last rites of the their deceased ones of all the six GPUs .

It has been observed that social gatherings such as last rites,pujas etc are the major sources of spread, therefore the team visited the houses of two of the families performing last rites and Child Care Institute at MelliGumpa, Sadam andTuruk respectively and interacted with the family members.

During the course of interaction medical team sensitised them about the importance of following Covid appropriate behaviour, administrative team explained to them about various DOs and DONT's as per the norms and Police team informed them about actions that would be initiated under various sections of the relevant law if violation is noticed,they also urged them to help the state in curbing the spread of the virus.

The team fined people who were found violating the guidelines and also handed a challan to Government vehicle for violating odd-even rule.

The team also visited Melli check post and took stock of the entry process of tourist, labourers, local and other categories of people entering the state.