ITANAGAR, April 2 - Close on the heels of a 31-year-old man testing positive for COVID-19 in Lohit district, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, soon after attending the video conference of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Ministers of all States to discuss preventive measures against COVID-19 today, held a meeting with top officials to review the current preparedness level of the State Government.
He said that so far, 74 samples have been collected for COVID-19 tests, out of which 57 have been negative and one positive. The results of 16 more tests are yet to come.
In view of the positive case of COVID-19 in the State, the Chief Minister requested the people of Arunachal Pradesh to strictly adhere to lockdown restrictions, social distancing and all safety guidelines, while asserting that all measures are being taken to prevent further spread of the virus. He also thanked all CBOs, gaon burahs and other local organisations for making people aware of the ongoing lockdown.
The Chief Minister reviewed the preparedness level in all the districts and the law-and-order situation. He also enquired about health professionals and workers, stated a press note from the CMO here.
Khandu requested the police to keep vigil along the porous border with Assam and strictly monitor all 22 official entry gates to prevent any suspicious entry.
The Chief Minister said he had talked with his Assam counterpart for free movement of all vehicles carrying essential supplies to Arunachal Pradesh.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Home Minister Bamang Felix and Health Minister Alo Libang also attended the meeting.