Editorial

COVID 19 arrives NE

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/25/2020 12:32:02 PM IST

 All the seven states in Northeast will be in a lockdown for various periods. Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland had announced lockdown on Sunday till March 31. Assam began on Tuesday and will continue till March 31. In Meghalaya, the lockdown took effect from March 24 and will be on a ‘One-day-open-two-days-closed’ policy till March 29. Tripura began lockdown from March 24 and will continue till March 31. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide Lockdown on March 24, the anti-COVID 19 measure will now extend till April 13,2020. The impact on the nation’s economy is certainly going to be negative against the backdrop of economic slowdown and increased fiscal deficit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech on March 24 had noted it but maintained that the nation’s health was far more important than the national wealth. The figure of COVID cases in the country continues to rise rapidly from 519 on March 24 to over 600 in March 25. The death toll also rose from 10 on March 24 to 19 on March 25. The rising trend indicates that more blood samples are yet to be tested as and when the number of people indicating symptoms of COVID 19 are collected. This will also mean that the worst is yet to come. The north east, which appear to remain far away from mainland India was not that far when two cases were confirmed positive for COVID. One was from Manipur and the other from Mizoram. Both persons had travelled abroad and returned. The one from Manipur returned from the UK and the other from Mizoram, had returned from the Netherlands. In addition to the two, other persons they came into contact with such as relatives will also have to undergo test and advised quarantine. Worse still, even the passengers who were travelling in the same planes with the two, will also have to be checked and subject them to tests and quarantine. Of north eastern states, Tripura has quarantined 417 ; Nagaland has sent eight blood samples for tests of which five are negative and results of three awaited. Meghalaya has sent 80 blood samples and all were tested negative. Manipur has sent 18 and one tested positive while Mizoram sent seven and one tested positive. Arunachal Pradesh has sent two and both tested negative. According to a media report, though the Assam government has claimed that till now there is not even a single positive case of Covid-19 detected in the state, the precautionary measures which were announced by the state health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on March 23 has raises doubts on how prepared the state is for an outbreak. Till March 23, a total of 169 Covid-19 tests have been conducted across Assam in four testing centres. One which was tested positive in Jorhat was later tested negative in Dibrugarh in the second test done. Of all north eastern states, Assam is at the centre and the main transit point for almost all north eastern states barring Tripura and Sikkim. This leads to expectation that there could be some COVID case(s). Thus, it will be necessary to place Assam under close monitoring in view of its size and being the transit for all states including tens and thousands of travellers going to or passing through it.

 

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