Assam tightened vigilance in bordering areas after COVID-19 positive cases rising in West Bengal

Guwahati, April 24: Given the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Assam government has tightened vigilance along the bordering areas with West Bengal.

Assam government has made strict vigil in Dhuri and Kokrajhar district – two bordering districts with West Bengal after COVID-19 positive cases have risen in the neighboring state.

Assam Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said that, the state government has increased surveillance activities along the bordering areas with West Bengal.

“COVID-19 positive cases in West Bengal have risen and we don’t want any suspected person from West Bengal side to enter into Assam,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Assam government has directed the district administration of Dhubri and Kokrajhar to check all persons including truck drivers coming from outside of the state.

On the other hand, the Assam government will conduct random tests for COVID-19 in Dhubri district from April 26.

“Five positive cases for COVID-19 have been reported from Dhubri in a regular interval and we have decided to conduct random testing for COVID-19 in the district,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

He further said that, health workers, doctors will randomly collect swab samples from 150 persons at Bilasipara, Chapar, and Dhubri town on April 26.

Assam has registered 35 positive cases for COVID-19 so far and among them one patient died and 19 patients were discharged from the hospitals.