Assam increases surveillance to keep Coronavirus outbreak at bay

Assam increases surveillance to keep Coronavirus outbreak at bay

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Guwahati, Mar 16 : Though no positive case of COVID 19 has been detected in Assam so far, the state government has stepped up precautionary measures to ensure no outbreak of the virus. Addressing a press conference here today, state Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "If the virus reaches our state, the management will not be easy as we have areas where we cannot even reach. Hence, we have to concentrate on precautionary measures and adopt utmost caution."

He said surveillance activities have been increased at all levels. Along with foreigners and foreign travellers, domestic flyers will be screened at all airports of the state from tomorrow, and surveillance of passengers of Rajdhani Express will be increased.

While all government and private offices have been asked to keep hand sanitizers and soaps easily available, teachers have been asked to create awareness in places near their institutions as all schools, colleges and universities have been declared closed till March 29 next, Dr Sarma said. He urged people to avoid 'non-essential social gatherings' and report for voluntary screening if any symptom of Corona virus infection is seen. The minister further informed that 36 samples have been tested in the state so far, of which 34 have been reported negative and results of two are awaited.

The number of accredited laboratories to test for the virus is at three currently in the state, and more will be added soon, while sample collection is being done at all government medical College and hospitals in the state, Dr Sarma added. "We have adequate facilities for quarantine and isolation wards, and also equipment as of now," he added. (UNI)