GUWAHATI: Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that the State has entered a critical phase in terms of COVID-19 situation. Addressing a press meet in Guwahati Dr. Sarma highlighted the challenges posed by the incoming people to the State.
“We have entered a critical phase. We are dealing with imported cases and it is a big challenge for the government. Failure of an effective quarantine system may lead to the further spread,” Dr. Sarma said.
He stated that around 37,000 people have entered Assam by road and rail till Thursday. Around 25,693 people have returned Assam by road and another 11,724 have come by rail so far.
Dr. Sarma cautioned that majority of the cases detected in the state are related to the returnees.
Therefore, he emphasised on a “Ruthless quarantine, with human heart’ policy to contain the spread of the virus to the community.