195 fresh corona cases in Assam, tally 2,18,935

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Sect 144 clamped in Biswanath, hotel sealed in Lakhimpur

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI/BISWANATH CHAIRALI, April 7: With 195 fresh cases, the state’s total Covid-19 positive cases have gone up to 2,18,935 on Wednesday, a senior health official here said.

There has been a gradual rise in Covid-19 cases in the state.

The state has registered 92 positive cases on Tuesday, 70 cases on Monday and 69 cases on Sunday.

The overall positivity percentage is 0.92 per cent, the official said.

Of the fresh cases, 104 were reported from Kamrup (Metro) district, the official also said.

One case was reported from Karbi Anglong, 1 from Dima Hasao, 1 from Baksa, 4 from Barpeta, 1 from Bongaigaon, 2 from Cachar, 1 from Darrang, 19 from Dibrugarh, 2 from Goalpara, 3 from Golaghat, one from Hailakandi, 2 from Hojai and 4 from Jorhat, 16 from Kamrup rural and 1 case was reported from Karimganj during the past 24 hours.

Even as the cases are increasing, there is no plan of the state government for a lockdown in the state.

“The government is not mulling to impose a lockdown as the Covid-19 situation is still under control. The government will step up precautionary measures at the airports and railway stations,” state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday.

“Situation is under control in Assam. We are getting 50-70 cases daily that too are in the airports and railway stations. There are not many cases in the state. So, there is no need to worry. If we continue the test properly in airports and railway stations the Covid situation will stay under control,” Sarma said.

Section 144 clamped in Biswanath

In view of the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases in various parts of the state, Biswanath deputy commissioner Pranab Kumar Sarmah on Wednesday clamped Section 144 of CrPC across the district with immediate effect prohibiting assembly of five or more persons.

The deputy commissioner convened a high level meeting at his conference hall to review the preparedness to prevent the spread of virus in the district.

As a precautionary measure, the district administration has decided to impose Section 144 of CrPC across the district with immediate effect; prohibiting assembly of five or more persons. Wearing of masks at public places and maintaining social distancing have been made compulsory across Biswanath district.

Further, the DC has set a target of minimum 1,000 Covid-tests per day for the health department. Testing all passengers arriving in Biswanath district from outside by train or bus has also been made mandatory. All hostel boarders of educational institutions will also be tested for Covid from Thursday onwards. All block, thana and district level Covid-Committees will also be immediately activated and will be kept prepared.

“Though the situation is normal in Biswanath, in view of increasing cases outside Assam, we are keeping ourselves alert and prepared. Our top most priority is to check the spread of the virus at any cost at the very beginning and for that the only way out is to undertake vigorous testing and isolating the positive patients. On the other hand, we want to make the vaccination drive go on in full swing,” the deputy commissioner told reporters here.

Frequent hand washing, wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing have been made compulsory for all educational institutions across the district. Market areas will also be frequently sanitised by the administration from now onwards.

The meeting was also attended by superintendent of police (SP) Rajen Singh, chief executive officer (CEO) of Zila Parishad Ranjit Swargiary, Gohpur SDO(C) Aditya Vikram Yadav, additional deputy commissioners Miftahuddin Ahmed, Liza Talukdar, Surya Kamal Borah, and other administrative officers and heads of various departments.

Hotel sealed after guest tests positive

A hotel in North Lakhimpur was sealed off by Lakhimpur district administration after a guest from Delhi, who checked into the hotel, was found to be Covid-19 positive.

The guest had conducted a Covid test at New Delhi prior to his departure to North Lakhimpur and the test report reached North Lakhimpur Medical College Hospital on Monday.

On Tuesday, another guest in the hotel, also traveling from outside the state, was tested Covid positive.

Following the cases, the Lakhimpur district administration has also announced a mandatory RAT test for travelers arriving at Lilabari airport following the detection.

TU hostel declared containment zone

A wing of the Kanchenjungha hostel of Tezpur University has been declared as a containment zone after a student tested Covid-19 positive.

Reportedly, a student from Andhra Pradesh, who was quarantined in the hostel, tested positive for the virus. Following this, the administration declared the hostel as a containment zone.

The administration has also banned any entry and exit from the containment zone.

2 test positive in Demow

Two persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Demow in Sivasagar district on Wednesday. Chanda Kousik Gogoi (30) and Poli Borgohain (29) both residents of Demow Kushal Path came from Bangalore on Sunday, have symptoms of high fever and cough. They have tested positive for Covid-19 in a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted at Demow BPHC on /Wednesday. They were kept in home isolation for 14 days.

One more active Covid case in Hailakandi

One active case has been detected in the Hailakandi district on Wednesday, taking the toll tally to six.

All the six Covid patients are undergoing treatment at the SK Roy Civil Hospital.

Nobin Sunapur under Algapur revenue circle has been declared a containment zone. All activities inside the containment zone have been strictly prohibited barring essential services.

The administration has decided to carry out random testing at market places, bus stands and pharmacies. Patients at the OPDs will have to undergo Rapid Antigen Test.

The administration has urged the people to wear masks, maintain social distancing and wash hands with soap and water in view of some recent cases detected in the district and spurt in Covid cases in some states of the country.

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