SILCHAR, June 30 : Health and Finance Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced that the next two months will be critical for Assam, as far as controlling the community level transmission of COVID-19 is concerned.
Sarma said to the media,”While India will be facing a critical COVID scenario, similar to USA, after two months, we have already set up 31 COVID Care Centers, one in each ward, to tackle this predicted picture of the pandemic, alongside the 12 hospitals where the corona samples will be collected.”
“We urge the people with symptoms to voluntarily give their swab samples in the testing facilities, within the ongoing 14-day lockdown phase as the Government and the health care system is doing their best to deal with the disease, as effectively as possible, during this period,” Sarma added.
Sarma explained,”157 COVID 19 Positive cases were detected in the city of Guwahati on Sunday. Among the 157 cases, 130 cases have been categorized as general public and the remaining 27 cases were detected among the Army Personnel. In addition, a person had lost his life on Saturday. Considering all these instances, it can be concluded that the COVID-19 curve is taking a critical turn in Guwahati. Therefore, the Government and the commoners must strictly follow the lockdown protocols to prevent the community transmission of the virus.”
However the Health Minister hinted that there may be some relaxations at the end of initial 7 days of the ongoing lockdown in the city with respect to Grocery and Vegetable Outlets, depending on the situation then.
As a response to the question if the lockdowns will be imposed in other districts as well, Sarma responded saying,”The decisions will be taken according to the recommendations of the respective District Administrations.”
As on June 29, 2020, at 11:45 pm, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases, detected in the state of Assam is 7,794, among which, 5,333 have been cured and discharged and 2,447 are active cases. The state has seen 11 cases succumbing to the virus and 3 cases have migrated out of Assam.