Tawang: Local legislator Tsering Tashi and Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok on Friday indicated imposing a lockdown in the entire Tawang district to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

Addressing a COVID-19 review meeting at the DC’s office here, Tashi said, “Most of the COVID-19 cases in the Tawang district are asymptomatic due to which there is a possibility of community transmission.”

The ones infected with the virus are ignorant and do not want to go for tests due to which the virus is probably spreading in the district. Many villages of Tawang have already opted for self-lockdowns and are requesting for a lockdown to be imposed in the entire district, the MLA said.

Tashi, however, said the ultimate decision to impose a lockdown would be taken by the state government.

He further sought the opinion of the district medical officer, district hospital medical superintendent and others in this regard.

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MLA Tashi also assured to help purchase testing kits from his local area development fund for all the three constituencies of Tawang district.

Speaking on the occasion, DC Phuntsok said the main purpose behind imposing a lockdown is to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission.

If the government approves the district lockdown we have to carry out rigorous testing and tracing programmes. Treating those infected should also be our priority so as to ensure that there is no further transmission of the virus, the DC said.

Phuntsok said although imposing a lockdown would have a lot of impact on the economy, the matter should be pursued with the government for the larger interest of the people.

Those present in the meeting resolved to pursue the matter with the state government for its approval.

The Tawang district registered 23 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

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