A security person stands guard at Karol Bagh area, identified as a Covid-19 containment zone, in New Delhi (PT…Read More
NEW DELHI: The home ministry has asked authorities in Delhi to complete the door-to-door survey of all containment zones in the city — which recently saw a big jump in numbers on account of their fresh demarcation — on priority by July 6. The comprehensive house-to-house survey across the entire city shall follow thereafter, an MHA spokesperson said on Monday.
The original deadline for concluding 100% health survey in containment zones of Delhi was June 30, which now stands extended to July 6 in the wake of the number of containment zones increasing from 280 on June 25 to 435 on June 29. The comprehensive survey in the rest of the city, which was to be done by July 6, will now get pushed further back.
“The home ministry assessed that completing door-to-door survey in containment zones, which had started on June 26, will need more time in view of the huge increase in the number of such zones. It has therefore decided that this must be completed on priority basis, and the comprehensive survey in entire Delhi can wait until the 100% survey in containment zones is wound up,” an officer told TOI on Monday.
The officer added that this will not affect the ongoing serological survey — as part of which 20,000 people across the city will be tested to determine the extent of Covid-19 spread — and it will proceed simultaneously. The serological survey had got underway on June 27 and is due to be completed by July 10.
The decisions to go ahead with the house-to-house survey first in containment zones and then the rest of Delhi as also to carry out a serological survey were taken at a meeting chaired by home minister Amit Shah on June 21 and attended by Delhi LG Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The meeting had reviewed the suggestions made by a central government committee headed by Niti Aayog member V K Paul, and okayed the house-to-house and serological surveys as per timelines suggested by the panel.