this correspondence News | Fear of Triple Mutant ‘Bengal Strain’ COVID: Assam Specializes in Borders


GUWAHATI: With Covid numbers shooting up swiftly in the state, the government has made up our minds to put an additional focus on the Assam-Bengal borders.

The recent discovery of the “Bengal strain” of the coronavirus, as a scientist has dubbed it, might be more infective, and may be able to escaping a person’s immune surveillance even supposing vaccinated. There has, alternatively, been no research yet to either corroborate or dismiss the fears.

Nevertheless, the state government without taking any chances has asked the deputy commissioners (DCs) of all of the lower Assam particularly those bordering with Bengal to retain a sharp eye on the incomers across the borders.

On Tuesday, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal asked all of the DCs to verify COVID testing for people coming from other states.

“Sonowal also took inventory of the testing facilities being done at the inter-state gates at Srirampur and Chagalia. He also asked the DCs of Kokrajhar and Dhubri to have fixed surveillance on the testing activities. He also asked DC Kokrajhar to receive the testing done on all of the passengers disembark at Kokrajhar Rly station,” said Sonowal’s office.

He also asked them to be sure that no person from out of doors the state can creep in without the COVID test done.

Taking inventory of the COVID 19 situation of the Lower Assam districts of Goalpara, Dhubri, South Salmara Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar and Chirang in Goalpara today, the CM asked the DCs to be proactive in taking new steps to contain the surging cases of COVID 19 pandemic.

“He said that in view of the second one wave of the pandemic which has taken a serious proportion in one of the parts of the country, Assam must be proactively dealing with the situation to minimize the fatality of the pandemic. Stating the severity of the infection, Sonowal asked the DCs to ramp up COVID remedy facilities like hospital beds, ICU, ventilation infrastructure etc,” said the CMO.

Sonowal asked the DCs to streamline the oxygen provide and its storage facilities in their districts. He also asked them to explore the possibilities of setting up oxygen plants in the districts. With regard to the home isolations and home quarantines of the COVID positive cases, he asked the DCs to depute government officials to visit such places a minimum of twice a day to investigate approximately the health status of the COVID patients and adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour.

He also asked the DCs to be sure that profiting from the situation, nobody can create an man made scarcity of fundamental commodities and no trader can rise the cost of the fundamental commodities.

On Tuesday, Assam registered 3132 fresh cases at a very high 5% positivity rate. There were 18 deaths. The city recorded 1313 new cases.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International


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