GUWAHATI: Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said there is no possibility to impose further lockdown or curfew in the state. The health department will emphasise on testing, tracing and tracking to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, said Sarma.
“There is no possibility of further lockdown or night curfew in Assam. Our strategy will be on testing, tracing and tracking,” said minister Sarma at a press meet in Guwahati on Thursday.
He urged everyone to report to nearby health centre if they find any COVID-19 symptoms.
“There is a qualitative difference between this year and last year. Last year, our doctors were not vaccinated,” said Sarma.
Dr. Sarma also requested all the eligible persons to get vaccinated. He said vaccines are completely safe.
Early on Thursday, prime minister Narendra Modi took the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) in New Delhi. The Prime Minister took his first dose of the indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin on March 1.
PM Modi Tweeted,” Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on http://CoWin.gov.in.”
Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today.
Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 8, 2021
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal also took the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati.
After receiving the vaccine, Sonowal urged all eligible persons of the state to get vaccinated and continue following safety precautions.
He said vaccines are safe and it will help in defeating the pandemic.
“Took my first shot of #COVID19 vaccine at GMCH. Vaccines are safe and will help us defeat this pandemic. I urge all eligible persons of the state to get vaccinated and continue following safety precautions,” Sonowal tweeted.