With the sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Rongi and Pakyoing Subdivisions, Sikkim CM Prem Singh Tamang convened an emergency meeting today wherein it was decided to impose a complete lockdown in both the Subdivisions from 6 am of 15th July (tomorrow) to contain the further spread of the virus.
The emergency meeting of the State Task Force was held today to discuss the latest spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in Rongli Subdivision and the immediate measures to be taken.
The meeting was attended by Cabinet Ministers, Chief Secretary, DGP and Heads of Departments.
At the outset, Chief Secretary S.C. Gupta apprised the house of the latest developments in the last 24 hours. He informed that in Rongli and Pakyong Subdivisions, a few cases have been detected in the community, despite the best efforts of the State Government.
He said that the State will now go for 100% testing of each person who enters Sikkim, at the entry point.
CM Tamang in his address called for strict vigilance from the administration to ensure that cases do not spread further.
As per the suggestions placed in the meeting, the Chief Minister directed that the State Administration should strictly assess and monitor the quarantine facilities of Army and paramilitary forces including GREF.
He called for immediate upgradation of quarantine facilities in Rongli and Pakyong Subdivisions, and to consider home quarantine option to manage the increase in the number of cases, with strict orders for compliance.
Tamang called for strict vigilance of Pharmaceutical companies and ensure that all guidelines are strictly followed.
He also called for limiting the number of returnees from other states, as well as a complete restriction on inter-district movement of vehicles for atleast fifteen days. He also called for maintaining restriction in the intra-district movement to ensure limited movement.
He also directed the Administration to ensure that all the guidelines are adhered to in letter and spirit. He also called for an immediate restriction on the movement of persons into the official residences of all the Ministers and MLAs.
Tamang further called for an immediate restriction on the return of employees and workers of all private companies for the next fifteen days. However, Central Government employees should be allowed to enter with thorough screening and testing.
The CM suggested for augmenting the Police force by deploying forest guards and local village guards, who will be under the disposal of the concerned SP.
The meeting concluded with the decision to hold another review meeting in the next three days.
The meeting was attended by Ministers K.N. Lepcha, Dr. M.K. Sharma, Sanjit Kharel and M.N. Sherpa who also shared their viewpoints.
During the meeting, suggestions and viewpoints were placed by ACS Finance and Planning V.B. Pathak, DGP A. Shankar Rao, Principal Secretary, Health, K. Shrinivasulu, ACS, Labour and Raj Bhawan, S.D. Negi, Special DGP S. Sudhakar Rao, DG-cum-Secretary Health, Dr. Pempa T. Bhutia, Secretary, Coordination Rinzing Chewang Bhutia, Secretary Transport, Raju Basnet, Secretary IPR. Namrata Thapa, Secretary UDD, Sarala Rai, Principal Chief Engineer Transport Department Karma Namgyal Bhutia, ADGP Law and Order Akshay Sachdeva and DIG Range Prawin Gurung.
As per the official report of July 14, the number of active cases in the state now stands at 112, and a total tally of Covid-19 cases in the State stands at 198, a total of 86 cases have cured or recovered.