Assam health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Credit: File photo

Guwahati: Guwahati city will soon be undergoing ward-wise lockdown as 114 COVID-19 cases with no travel history were detected in the city in the last two days.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that under the voluntary testing going on in the city, 114 cases came to the fore. “We didn’t expect that many cases,” he said.

The minister further said that the health department has suggested for a ward-wise lockdown instead of the whoe city. That is, lockdown in wards where substaintially number of cases without any travel history has been detected. however, the final call will be taken by the district administration.

Six wards have been identified as point of concerns, they are: Ward no 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, and 16.

Screening centres

As a part of ongoing efforts to determine if there is community transmission in Guwahati, the health department had set up 12 screening centres across the city, including 2 at GMCH and MMCH.

Sharma said that the reponse recieved at these centres is phenomenal and it shows that people understand what is coronavirus. At the same time, the number of positive cases from such centres is also a cause of concern. Hence, 31 screening centres will be set up from Wednesday in high schools in 31 wards of Guwahati city.

The centres will be makeshift hospital, with on ground team and True-nat machines, which will give on spot results.

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