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Meeting held on Covid-19 situation in Itanagar Capital Region

During the meeting here, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso said, "either we have to go for lockdown as a stringent measure to stop the spread of Covid-19 or we should live without lockdown with all the precautionary measures."

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Itanagar: In view of the rapid surge in Coronavirus cases in the Itanagar Capital Region (ICR), a meeting was convened by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) here on Wednesday to discuss measures to contain the spread of the virus.
During the meeting here, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso said, “either we have to go for lockdown as a stringent measure to stop the spread of Covid-19 or we should live without lockdown with all the precautionary measures.”
He emphasised on following all the SoPs and Covid appropriate behaviour.
Citing that the entire population of the state is around 15 lakh, Kaso said the state Government should make the necessary effort to make the vaccine available for all.
While Itanagar Municipal Corporation (IMC) Mayor, Tame Phassang, highlighted that under ‘Hamara Arunachal Abhiyan’, many associations like mothers association, youth association etc have been formed in every sector and assured their cooperation in every decision of the Government.
He, however, said if any decision regarding lockdown is to be taken by the Government, the local MLA and Mayor may be invited.
The Mayor also urged District Medical Officer (DMO) Mandip Perme to update on the availability of rooms, oxygen beds, ICUs etc while stressing that these facilities at Covid, hospitals should be given priority.
ICR Deputy Commissioner Talo Potom has asked all the departments concerned to update on the availability of food stock, LPG etc . He also stressed that it is necessary to check preparedness level prior to taking any decision so that the denizens don’t suffer.
“Since we have already faced the situation in the first wave (Covid pandemic), we should all be geared up to face the second one in a better way,” he said.
Apprising on the law and order arrangement and deployment of forces at Naka, ICR SP Jimmy Chiram informed that night curfew is being implemented in letter and spirit. He also said that an intensive mask checking drive is being carried out and that Rs 1.5 lakh has been realised as challan to date as fine.
He, however, stressed that public cooperation is the need of the hour and requested the denizens to wear masks and to follow other SOPs.
Earlier, the DMO presented a cumulative report of ICR from April 1 to May 4.
The Department of Civil Supply and APMC assured the availability of food stock, LPG and other necessary items. The Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs also assured their cooperation in regulating prices of commodities in case of the eventuality of a lockdown.
After a marathon discussion, all the stakeholders present, extended their cooperation with whatever decision the Government takes to control the spread of Covid-19.
Among others, all the corporators, administrative officers and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
ICR has 466 active Covid cases.

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