Arunachal, September 26: Twenty inmates of the Khonsa jail in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, have tested positive for COVID-19. The area has been declared as a containment zone and the DMO has also been instructed to constitute a rapid response team to carry out the contact tracing process. All other inmates and security personnel are also supposed to be tested for the virus.

These twenty cases at Khonsa jail in Arunachal were detected through rapid antigen tests that were carried out on Wednesday and Thursday, earlier this week. The order to declare the area as containment zone came on Friday and will be valid through the next two weeks.

No individual should enter or exit the containment zone until the orders are lifted or the contact tracing is completed. The buffer zone will also be declared once the contact tracing is successfully completed. The area is directed to be barricaded and the entry and exit shall be closely examined by the security personnel.

The coronavirus situation in the state is worsening day by day. The Itanagar police are continuing to impose fines on those who do not wear a mask in public places. A police inspector from the Itanagar Police Station said that, “We are actually creating awareness among the citizens to take precautionary measures to remain safe, so that no one is infected by the coronavirus, for which everyone has to wear a face mask, which is mandatory. Nowadays the infection is rapidly increasing and the time has come for everyone to remain alert and obey the guidelines and advisories issued by administration and the health department.

So far the state has 8,416 cases out of which 2,331 cases are currently active. 6071 people have recovered from the virus and 14 people have succumbed to it.