Covid: 25 micro-containment zones announced in Kolkata – Telegraph India

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Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday announced 25 micro-containment zones in the city from where people would not be allowed to step out till they complete the mandatory isolation period.

An official of the civic body said that only one standalone house or a single unit in an apartment where people have been infected would be considered as containment zones.


All the addresses announced as containment zones had at least four people who have been infected with Covid.

The official said that only the dwelling unit where people have been infected will be considered as containment zone. “We are calling it as micro-containment zone also because only the residing unit of the family where at least four persons have been infected have been declared as containment zone,” said the official.

Among the places with multiple containment zones were Shakespeare Sarani and Loudon Street in the central business district, while Ballygunge Park Road and Bondel Road in south-central Kolkata. Single units inside housing complexes such as Urbana in Anandapur, Ideal Tower near Ekbalpore, Silver Spring along EM Bypass and Active Acres on Dhapa Road became containment zones.

Four hostels of IIM Calcutta were also declared as containment zones. An official of the IIM said that 35 people have tested positive on the campus. “Police will install a barricade where a standalone house is a containment zone. In case of a housing complex, we will inform the residents’ association about the unit that has been declared as containment zone,” said mayor Firhad Hakim.

No outsider would be able to visit those living inside a containment zone. Their neighbours can supply groceries and other essential items to them. “We have not declared any street or a stretch of road as containment zone. We may declare a lane as containment zone if we find multiple cases on the same lane,” said the KMC official.

On Monday, 2801 new Covid cases were reported from Kolkata and there were 9,817 active cases in the city.

The KMC will also open three safe homes by Tuesday evening, Hakim said. They would be opened in Topsia in east Kolkata, inside Gitanjali stadium in Kasba in south Kolkata and Hare Krishna Seth Lane in Sinthee on the northern fringes of the city.