Guwahati: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday reviewed the state’s COVID-19 situation and emphasised creating micro-containment zones along with extensive testing to combat the resurgence of coronavirus.

To prevent the pandemic from snowballing into a major health crisis, he held a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners, Joint Directors of Health and other stakeholders associated with COVID-19 management.

Stating that Assam has not fully witnessed the spike of positive cases till now, Sonowal asked the DCs to enforce the protective guards to help keep a check in their respective districts. He also asked the DCs to adopt ‘test, track and treat protocol’.

He said that micro-containment zones would help containing the local transmission and timely testing would help to manage infection clinically.

Further, he asked the DCs to take all steps to make Prime Minister’s call for ‘Tika Utsav’ a success. The CM said that inoculation drives in all the districts should be intensified for all the eligible people.

He also asked the Joint Directors to vigorously start contact tracing and try to achieve the target of at least one lakh testing per day across the state.

Asking the DCs to ramp up existing infrastructures like COVID Care Centres, isolations beds, oxygen cylinders in case of any exigency, Sonowal asked them to take help of popular personalities in their respective districts to create awareness among people for taking vaccine and go for testing. He also reiterated the need of following COVID-19 appropriate behaviour to check the transmission.

Assam on Monday reported 583 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 2,20,893. Compared to April 1, when only 58 fresh cases were recorded, COVID infections have increased 9 times in the state.

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