GUWAHATI, March 23 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday held a video conference with the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to review the situation in the State arising out of COVID-19 outbreak and asked them to closely monitor the situation in their respective districts to check transmission of coronavirus infection and complete adherence to the lockdown declared by the government.
During the conference, Chief Minister Sonowal asked the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to enforce the lockdown within their respective jurisdiction and put a close monitoring system in place to make all essential commodities available to the public. He also asked the functionaries to keep a watch on the traders so that there is �no hording� of essential items and making use of the extraordinary situation the prices of essential commodities do not spike.
Considering the looming threat of the COVID-19 on humanity, Sonowal said that the people should maintain self-quarantine. He also emphasised that the golden protocol to check the transmission of this virus is observance of �social distancing� and �avoidance of all kinds of social gathering�. He however said that with cooperation from the public at large, the virulence of the novel coronavirus and its fatality can be minimised to a great extent.
Sonowal asked the DCs to take the help of gaon burahs, line sardars in the tea garden areas and other organisations to generate awareness among the public and make them understand in detail the severity of the virus and the rate at which the virus spreads from one infected person to others.