Tinsukia: At least 90 workers and staff members of a tea garden in Assam’s Dibrugarh district tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the administration to declare the tea estate as a containment zone.

“The garden hospital and the two vacant staff quarters have been turned into temporary isolation centres for the positive patients,” Nabajyoti Gogoi, district surveillance officer of IDSP, Dibrugarh, said. “We shall start vaccination drive in the garden besides initiating other measures like sanitisation, etc.,” he added.

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Sources added that the circle officer of Tengakhat revenue circle, the medical inspector of plantations and officials from the health department were rushed to the tea estate to take stock of the situation.

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In a separate order, the deputy commissioner of Dibrugarh cum chairman of District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Pallav Gopal Jha, ordered the closure of all leased weekly hat and market under the Tengakhat development block with immediate effect. “All concerned circle officers and BDOs are instructed to take steps to close all such markets in their respective areas if the situation demands,” a press release stated.

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