GUWAHATI, April 11 - After participating in a video conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi held with all Chief Ministers today, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will chair an all-party meeting on Sunday morning before going into a huddle with the Council of Ministers in the afternoon to decide on possible relaxations of the lockdown which is likely to be extended.
No official statement was issued by the State government on its views conveyed to the Prime Minister today.
Besides Sonowal, from the State government side, the video conference was also attended by Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, Additional Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, Principal Secretary to the CM Sanjay Lohiya, Principal Secretary (Health) Samir Sinha and a few other officials.
Sources said the State government may take some decision on a few extra relaxations tomorrow in the event of an extension of the lockdown.
The Health Minister had earlier indicated that the State government will go by the Centre�s decision.
�Though the State is more in control of the situation arising out of the spread of COVID-19 as compared to other States, it is unlikely that the State government will take any chance. The rate of rise in number of positive cases is increasing every day in the country, which calls for extra caution,� a government source said.
Many States, mostly those which have maximum positive cases, have favoured extension of the lockdown.
There has been no fresh positive case in the State in the last 48 hours. The number of active cases in the State is 28. One patient of Hailakandi had died.
Till date, 3,011 samples were tested; 29 of them have been found positive, 2,842 negative, while the results of the remaining tests are awaited. Altogether 3,212 isolation beds have been identified in the State hospitals for treating critically-ill patients.
The health department, with the help of district administrations, has identified mass quarantine facilities across the State for keeping approximately 7,366 persons who are asymptomatic but suspected. A total 440 ICU beds are available in government hospitals and private hospitals and 240 ventilators available in government and private hospitals, the daily bulletin of National Health Mission in the State said.