GUWAHATI, April 20 - Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi has said that though the graph of coronavirus infection has shown signs of flattening with no fresh cases of infection reported from any part of the State, the government should maintain its stringent guard to control and contain COVID-19 cases.
Taking stock of the COVID-19 situation in Assam, Governor Mukhi at a meeting held at the Raj Bhavan today with the State Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police and other senior officers of different line departments, said that timely intervention by the government and its uncompromising adherence to the lockdown protocol have helped to flatten the curve of infection. He hailed health and police department officials and attributed the break in the chain of transmission in the State to their dedication.
The Governor asked the Chief Secretary, the Principal Secretary Health and other senior officers to work wholeheartedly so that the State�s �red zones� are contained effectively and a smooth transition into green zones without any fatality can be ensured.
Professor Mukhi expressed satisfaction that for the last 72 hours no new cases of infection have come up. He hailed all the agencies including Northeast Frontier Railway for their selfless role during the lockdown in facilitating relief and respite to the people.
The Governor also observed that since the COVID-19 pandemic has had its impact on public health as well as the economy, the government has streamlined its strategy to infuse life into the ailing health of human beings and the economy. He also made it unequivocally clear at the meeting that �lockdown� for the purpose of keeping people indoors is the only way to keep the coronavirus at bay.
He also said that the economy cannot be closed altogether for an indefinite period and therefore, the government has accorded relaxations in agriculture and allied industries, rural industries, tea gardens, rice and oil mills etc., to ensure subsistence of the people. He also laid stress on popularising the use of masks and making people aware about the adverse effects of spitting and urinating at public places.
Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna gave a detailed report of the activities of different departments and apprised the Governor that the tea gardens have started working amid social distancing norms. He also informed that 274 rural industries have started functioning from April 20 maintaining all safety guidelines.
Chairperson of Indian Red Cross Society TY Das apprised the Governor of different activities that the Red Cross Society is carrying out in the State. Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Samir Sinha apprised the Governor of the activities being undertaken by the department along with liberalising its rapid testing protocol.
Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta gave a detailed presentation of the activities carried out by the Assam Police and the position of lockdown compliance.