SILCHAR, July 23 - At a time when COVID-19 positive cases are on the rise in Cachar district, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli has allayed fears, terming the situation to be well under control.
Addressing a press conference at her office, Jalli said the administration is fully geared up to tackle the COVID-19 situation and steps are being taken to meet any exigency in case of increase in positive cases.
In reply to a question regarding enforcing total lockdown to contain the spread of novel coronavirus, the Deputy Commissioner said enforcing total lockdown would hit the common man hard and deprive them of their livelihood.
However, she was quick to add that the administration would take all segments of people into confidence before placing a proposal to the state government.
Jalli said she had also met religious leaders of all faiths and urged them to cooperate with the administration and follow all protocol at places of worship to arrest the spread of coronavirus.
Urging the media to act as a change agent in disseminating information to intensify safety measures, Jalli said there was no fear of a COVID-19 victim spreading contamination.
�There is no fear whatsoever of a dead body of COVID-19 victim spreading disease once he or she passes away and there should be no stigma attached,� she said, adding that SoPs are being strictly followed in performing the last rites of such a victim.
Meanwhile, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Health) Sumit Sattawan said the administration has laid emphasis on contact tracing and with priority to the senior citizens, pregnant women and symptomatic cases.