BARPETA, March 27 - The health workers here and the officials from the district administration have kept a close watch on the situation likely to be created in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in Barpeta district and 1,300 persons have been quarantined at their homes so far.
The persons under isolation had visited Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh and some other parts of India and have returned to the district recently.
Samples of four have been collected so far and the results of two have been found negative while the results of the other two are being awaited.
Meanwhile, State Minister of Transport, Industry and Commerce Chandramohan Patowary arrived here today to assess the ongoing situation.
He held a meeting with the officials of the district administration in presence of all the heads of the departments concerned.
Patowary assured that there will be no dearth of essential commodities in the district as the government has adopted all possible measures in this regard. At the same time, he advised reopening of rice and oil mills in the district with adequate safety measures so that the supply may be eased locally.
He also made an instant arrangement of infrared temperature scanners, masks, cough syrups, disinfectants like bleaching powder and food items like dal. Later, the minister visited Fakharuddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and took stock of the arrangements there to meet any eventuality.