Assam: Random screening of domestic passengers for Coronavirus at Airports


GUWAHATI: The Assam government has started random screenings of domestic passengers at all the airports in the state.

Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government has decided to start random screening of domestic passengers at all the airports in Assam from Tuesday to stop the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Only people coming from foreign countries and showing symptoms of coronavirus were being screened till Monday, reports the Times of India.

Addressing a press meet in Guwahati, Sarma said, “We, in India, are going through a stage of local transmission. The country-to-country transmission stage is over. This is why we will screen all domestic passengers from Tuesday.”

Replying to questions on the availability of essential commodities, the minister said, “There is no shortage of equipment for the health staff in the state. Assam has 269 ventilation beds in government hospitals and 50 more in private ones. 88% of the necessary drugs are also in stock. Besides these, our medical staff are well equipped to tackle the situation with 12,129 personal protection kits, 61,263 triple layer masks, 5,215 N95 masks and 57.69 lakh gloves in stock.”