With Bardez turning into a Covid-19 hotspot, more panchayats have joined in to declare “lockdown” and “containment zones” within their jurisdictions for varying period of time.
The village panchayats of Socorro, Saligao, Guirim, Pilerne, Parra, Verla-Canca, Assagao and Siolim-Marna have either declared lockdowns or called for restricted movement of public and opening of shops within its areas.
As announced by other panchayats, the direction is accompanied with a list of what is allowed to operate, what is not and what is restricted.
With Socorro joining the other two panchayats, the entire Porvorim constituency has now come under a lockdown.
Similarly, Parra has joined the other three panchayats to bring the entire Calangute constituency under a lockdown.
Socorro panchayat has announced a six-day lockdown from May 4 to May 9 while Parra panchayat has declared a seven-day lockdown from May 3 to May 9.
Guirim village panchayat has declared its jurisdiction as containment zone and imposed a lockdown for nine days from May 4 to May 12.
The Assagao panchayat instead of lockdown has imposed “restrictions” on movement of public and opening of shops for 15 days from May 4 to May 19.
Verla-Canca panchayat called a special meeting to discuss on the steep rise in Covid cases and has passed a resolution to impose a partial lockdown and declare the village as major containment zone for 14 days from May 3 to May 17.
The Siolim-Marna panchayat has also issued a direction that all shops within its jurisdiction have to be kept open from 7 am to 1 pm till May 10 in view of the steep rise in Covid cases.
The Covid situation continues to be grim in Bardez with active positive cases reported at 6,290, as per the health bulletin released on Monday evening.
Candolim Primary Health Centre has reported highest active cases at 1,597 in Bardez, followed by Mapusa UHC (1,439), Porvorim PHC (1,283), Siolim PHC (854), Aldona PHC (580) and Covale PHC (537).