Northeast India is on high alert after Nizamuddin Markaz has emerged as a coronavirus hotspot where around 200 people showed symptoms of novel coronavirus after taking part in a religious gathering a few days ago.
As many as 216 people from Assam and five from Meghalaya attended the convention by the Islamic preachers held by the Tabligh-e-Jamaat in Delhi from March 1st-15th, 2020.
Northeast India has reported two cases so far – one each in Manipur and Mizoram. The state governments of the Northeastern states have already stepped up their efforts for combating the spread of the lethal COVID-19.
Experts said that the topographical isolation of the Northeast, less congestion of people and fewer international migration largely due to the mountainous region are the factors that have so far restricted the spread of COVID-19. However, the experts suspected less effective surveillance over domestic migrants as one of the reasons why detection of positive cases is low in the region.
Northeast prepares to fight COVID-19
- Assam government has converted the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Assam Medical College and Silchar Medical College and Hospital to fully dedicated coronavirus hospitals. The entire load of general patients has been shifted to private nursing homes. Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital and Sonapur Civil Hospital have also been arranged for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
- The state government has also set up a 700-bedded makeshift quarantine centre at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati for treatment of coronavirus infected patients
- Meghalaya has not reported any COVID-19 positive case so far but more than 3,000 people have been kept under surveillance, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said. The government set up isolation wards in 13 hospitals for the treatment of coronavirus infected cases.
- Governments of the Northeastern states arranged the supply of essential commodities at the doorstep of the people and appealed the people to restrain from stepping out of their homes.
- Issue of Inner Line Permit was banned by the government in Arunachal Pradesh.
- Manipur government closed the entry point of the indo-Myanmar borders and prohibited movement of people across the border as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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- A total of 1251 positive COVID-19 cases reported in India so far. Of which, 1117 are confirmed cases. The virus claimed 32 lives across the country.
- Kerala registered the highest number of positive cases with a figure of 202 followed by Maharashtra (198) and Delhi (87).
- Northeast India has reported two positive cases so far – one each in Manipur and Mizoram.
- National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) officials across the country have decided to voluntarily contribute their one day salary to PM-CARES Fund to strengthen the nation’s fight against COVID-19.
- Not everyone needs to wear masks; following social distancing is more important to prevent COVID-19 spread. Issue of home-made masks being technically examined and suitable guidelines will be issued soon, says Health Ministry
- Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz has emerged as the COVID-19 hotspot. Around 1,746 people from different parts of the country attended the congregation. According to reports, 299 people from Northeast India were also there.