New Delhi: In an attempt to allow more mobility from August 1, the beginning of the third phase of the unlocking, the Centre has now allowed containment zones to be decontained after 14 days after the discharge of the last confirmed case of coronavirus. Previously, an area used to be decontained only after 28 days after the discharge of the last case. However, surveillance will go on. Also Read - Total Lockdown in Sikkim From May 17 Amid COVID Surge | Check List of Restrictions
The Centre has been asking states to redefine containment zones regularly as many cases are now being reported from outside the containment zones. “It is noted that such continuing outbreaks in CZ/BZs [containment zones/buffer zones] reflect less than satisfactory active surveillance, contact testing, testing and inadequate adherence to home isolation guidelines,” a health ministry document said. Also Read - Coronavirus in India May 15, 2021, LIVE Updates: India's Covid Situation Hugely Concerning, Says WHO Chief
While unlocking is all set to enter the third phase from tomorrow, the containment zones have seen no relaxations so far. Also Read - COVID-19 Pandemic To Be 'Far More Deadly' This Year, Warns WHO
On Friday, India registered a record 55,078 new cases, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With this, the country’s tally now stands at 16,38,870.