Guwahati, May 6 : Even as recovery rate of COVID 19 patients continued to rise steadily in the state, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed for thorough screening of all people entering the state through the West Bengal border and keeping a strict vigil on all possible entry points, including waterways, to ensure no spike in cases when people stranded in other parts return.
Two patients, including the first detected COVID 19 case in the state, were discharged from hospitals today after complete recovery, taking the total number of cured to 34 in the state. Nine active cases remained in the state, while one of the patient has already succumbed. Visiting a screening camp adjacent to Srirampur gate in Kokrajhar district, Sonowal said the civil and police administration together should keep a tab on every entry point of districts to ensure that nobody can enter Assam without going through COVID 19 screening protocols.
He asked the police to keep a strict surveillance on some reported vulnerable points to thwart any design of unauthorised movement from the neighbouring state. Deputy Commissioner (DC), Kokrajhar, Partha Pratim Mazumdar informed the Chief Minister that the district administration has ensured constant monitoring on all routes, including Sonkosh river to rout any design of people sneaking into Assam swimming across the river. He also said adequate arrangements have been made to screen the health status of drivers, handymen and others coming to Assam through Srirampur Gate. During the lockdown period as many as 32,887 goods-laden trucks have entered Assam. The Deputy Commissioner of Dhubri, which also shares border with West Bengal, Anantlal Gyani informed the Chief Minister about the existence of 15 such vulnerable points, as he apprised the Chief Minister that he ensured deployment of CRPF, Assam Police personnel and Village Defence Parties for round the clock surveillance. He also drew the attention of the Chief Minister that the district administration has set up a quarantine centre at an area adjacent to Chagolia Gate with all facilities to quarantine around one thousand people.
Meanwhile, Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi while taking stock of the COVID 19 situation In the state, advised the Health department to effectively implement ‘contact tracing’ to arrest the rise of novel coronavirus infection in Assam. Reviewing the mitigation measures adopted and led by the Health department in close coordination with other line departments of the state at Raj Bhavan here, the Governor said concerted efforts should be made to aggressively implement contact tracing to arrest the chain of transmission.
The governor said, “Since the state is allowed to have eased restrictions since May 5 and an anticipated further relaxation to strengthen its sluggish economy in days to come, an asymptomatic positive person may spread the infection to several others before he or she is detected as COVID positive. So, we need to aggressively implement contact tracing to halt further progression of the dreaded virus and break the chain of transmission.” (UNI)