People unwilling to come forward for COVID-19 tests and hiding symptoms of the virus are some of the main reasons delaying the treatment exercise in the Tawang district.

This was pointed out on Thursday by Dr Sangey Thinlay, Tawang’s District Surveillance Officer (Integrated Disease Surveillance Program) during a review meeting on COVID-19.

The meeting also discussed measures to be taken if the lockdown is lifted in the district.

Dr Thinlay said, “in many cases, people are reluctant and refuse to disclose symptoms which have in turn led to the patients coming for medical aid in a very critical condition.”

Nine people have succumbed to the virus in the Tawang district so far.

Addressing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Sang Phuntsok said the second wave of COVID-19 saw a total of 995 positive cases being detected in the entire district while 12,339 tests have been carried out to date.

“We have completed random tests in almost all the villages and colonies except for a few interior hamlets under the Jang sub-division,” the DC said.

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With regards to the lockdown, Phuntsok said the entire district cannot be kept under lockdown for long as it is hampering the economic and other developmental activities.

Phuntsok, however, said if the containment measures are lifted the markets will only open partially.

The DC further sought suggestions from the health department for measures to be taken, if the state government considers de- notifying the containment orders in the district.

He also asked all the health workers, incident commanders and frontline workers to work more actively if the government approved to lift the lockdown.

DMO Dr Wangdi Lama suggested carrying out aggressive Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities in all the villages of the district while medical superintendent Dr N Namshum suggested notifying areas as micro containment zones according to the number of cases detected in a particular area.

The Tawang district has been under complete lockdown since May 17. The restrictions would come to an end on June 12.

Among others, superintendent of police B Kamduk, additional deputy commissioners Tashi Dhondup and R D Thungon, incident commanders of sub-divisions and bazaar secretaries attended the meeting.

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