After as many as 31 medical students tested positive for the Covid-19 infection on Tuesday (Nov 23), the Sambalpur District Administration declared several hostels and staff quarters at VIMSAR (Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research) in Burla as micro containment and buffer zones.
The order stated that the decision has been taken in larger public interest and with a view to contain the spread of Covid-19. Only essential activities like medical emergencies and supply of essential goods and services are allowed in the micro-containment zones.
Meanwhile, other non-essential movement of activity is strictly prohibited in the zone. As per the order, as many as five hostels namely, Sabitri Girl’s Hostel, Gargi Girls Hostel, Charak Hostel, Bhrugu Hostel and Patanjali Hostel of VIMSAR in Ward No- 6 have been declared micro containment zones.
Additionally, four more hostels - Apala Girls Hostel, Atreya Hostel, Biswamitra Hostel and Markandeya Hostel and all the staff quarters under Ward No- 6 have been declared as buffer zones from today onwards. The order further stated that intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillance and other clinical interventions will be done as required.
Meanwhile, all shopping establishments along with government and private institutions located within the boundary of the micro containment zones shall remain closed.
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