Ineffective containment measures irritate residents of Tiruchi city

Tiruchirpalli again witnesses rapid increase in COVID-19 cases

Ineffective measures in the city’s containment zone have caused resentment among some residents following the rise in COVID-19 cases.

When the pandemic spread in April-May 2020, authorities took a number of measures to contain its spread by establishing containment zones. If a person was diagnosed with the virus, a radius of seven km from the affected person’s residence was declared a containment zone and was in effect for 14 days. None, except for genuine reasons, were allowed out of the containment areas or into the prohibited areas. According to the evolution of the scenario, the rules have been modified and relaxed.

The micro-containment zone system was introduced when the delta variant of COVID-19 spread in 2021. If three people in a residential locality or street tested positive for the virus, Corporation authorities declared the restricted zone. In addition to this, a number of measures such as door-to-door fever case checking, control, intensive fever camps in problem areas and clean-up operation have been taken to control the spread of the virus. virus.

The city is again experiencing a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. The number of cases, which was in the range of 10 to 30 until recently, rose to 444 on Thursday alone. Authorities predict that it could even exceed the 2,000 mark in a week or two.

Sources say new cases are being reported in all four areas of the city. The Corporation’s health department has set up a few micro containment zones here and there, but some residents feel they are very ineffective. It does not have information to alert neighbors or strangers to the prevalence of COVID-19 cases. Moreover, they allege that they hardly notice the arrival of the health or sanitary workers to check the cases of fever and take preventive measures. Although several clusters of new cases have emerged in the city, only a few containment zones have been established, residents say.

“It seems that micro-level containment zones only exist on paper. More than 1,500 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past week alone in the city. But, the containment zones are not proportional to the number of active cases,” explains N. Jamaluden, a civic activist.

Additionally, there is virtually no system to monitor the movement of patients, who are in isolation and receiving treatment at home. They casually hang out in hotels, restaurants, medical stores and other places.

“We notice that many patients who test positive for the virus are buying drugs themselves. Except for a few, most of them don’t wear masks. They stand and mingle with other people casually, increasing the chances of rapid spread. This is a matter of great concern,” says a medical store employee in Thillai Nagar.

PMN Company Commissioner Mujibur Rahuman, when contacted, said The Hindu that health authorities were instructed to declare a street a containment zone if three or more cases were detected. People who tested positive were followed up by phone.

Six Society employees had been hired to gather information on positive cases to monitor their health and treatment. Many preferred home treatment. They were monitored daily, he said.