Cabinet Secretary reviews spread of COVID-19 in 13 worst affected cities

RSTV Bureau

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years (Twitter image)

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, on Thursday, held a meeting with Municipal Commissioners, District Magistrates of 13 worst-hit COVID-19 cities to review the situation on ground. Chief Secretaries of all these states and UTs attended the meeting.

These 13 cities are considered to be the worst coronavirus affected locations and constitute about 70 per cent of positive cases in the country. The 13 focus cities are Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi/New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata/Howrah, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur.

The measures taken by municipal corporations in these areas to check the spread of the virus were reviewed in the meeting.

The central government has already issued guidelines on management of COVID-19 in urban settlements.

Highlights of this strategy include work on high risk factors, indices such as confirmation rate, fatality rate, doubling rate, tests per million people etc.

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.