New Delhi, May 28 : Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in 13 worst affected cities of the country in a meeting held with the Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates of those cities. The Chief Secretaries of all States and Union Territories concerned also attended the meeting.
The meeting bears significance as these 13 cities are considered to be the worst Coronavirus affected locations and constitute about 70 per cent of the positive cases in the country.
Municipal commissioners of Mumbai, Chennai, New Delhi, Ahmadabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata/Howrah, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu (Tamil Nadu) and Thiruvallur (Tamil Nadu) attended the meeting along with the District Magistrate of those districts in which these 13 cities fall. During the meeting, the measures taken by the officials and the staff of the municipal corporations for the management of COVID-19 cases were reviewed and need to work on high risk factors, indices such as confirmation rate, fatality rate, doubling rate, tests per million people were discussed, a senior Government official said.
The central government has already issued guidelines on management of COVID-19 in urban settlements whereas the Centre has been pushing for the geographic area of containment zones to be defined based on factors like mapping of cases and contacts, geographical dispersion of cases and contacts. The Centre has stressed that containment zones are to be geographically defined based on factors like mapping of cases and contacts and their geographical dispersion.
This would enable in demarcating a well defined perimeter and enforcing the strict protocol of lockdown. Municipal corporations can decide if residential colonies, mohallas, municipal wards or police station areas, municipal zones, towns can be designated as containment zones, as required. The cities were advised that the area should be appropriately defined by the district administration and local urban body with technical inputs from local level. (UNI)