Kerala brings changes in containment zone criteria; steps up police part in Covid resistance
Thiruvananthapuram: In the wake of surging Covid-19 cases in the state, the government decided to hand in more responsibilities to the police force in controlling the virus spread.
Duties like marking containment zones, implementing the restrictions, identifying quarantine violations, ensuring social distancing and preparing the contact list of Covid patients will from now on vest with the police personnel, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan while briefing media on Covid situation in state on Monday.
Kochi City Police Commissioner Vijay Sakhare was appointed as the state nodal officer to coordinate the police actions.
District police chief will be in charge of marking containment zones. Quarantine violators will be strictly punished. Public can report to police on any violations if they spot any. Police will also ensure social distancing in public places. If people placed under quarantine escape from hospitals, police will take action to find them, CM said.
He added that the primary and secondary contact list of Covid patients will be prepared by police and that too within 24 hours.
Police will be deployed in hospitals, markets, marriage and death events, large trade centres and where people may gather to ensure social distancing and following of Covid protocols.
The present ward-wise containment zone deciding criteria will be changed. The accommodations of Covid patients, their primary and secondary contacts will be traced and marked as containment zones. Smaller areas will be marked separately as containment zones. Stricter restrictions will be enforced in such areas. No one will be allowed to enter or exit the containment zones. Shops will be arranged for distributing essential items and these will be delivered to houses by police or police volunteers.
Also, daily meetings between collectors, district police chiefs and DMOs will be arranged to assess the situation in each district.