Jirang MLA wants contact tracing of border residents

Assam fear looms large

NONGPOH: The MLA of Jirang constituency, Sosthenes Sohtun, has urged the state government to carry out contact tracing of people residing at the border, who may have been in touch with COVID -19 patients from Assam, to contain the spread of the virus.
“If someone from Assam was declared infected with COVID-19, it is possible that the person might have come in contact with someone from Meghalaya at the border, which is why contact tracing is important,” Sohtun said while speaking to media persons at Byrnihat on Thursday.
As the government of Assam has recently declared a lockdown in Guwahati due to the surge in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, the Meghalaya government has also declared lockdown from Byrnihat to Khanapara as well as other villages adjoining Guwahati city to prevent any possible spread of the virus.
Sohtun urged the people and the village leaders to cooperate with the government for their own safety.
The MLA also urged the people, especially those who have come from outside the state and also from areas which have been declared Red Zone, to inform the village leaders and the health department so that the people at large are not at risk.
The MLA warned the shopkeepers and wholesalers dealing in essential commodities not to take advantage of the lockdown by increasing prices and urged the district administration to take action as per law against such traders.
Sohtun also lauded the village leaders of his constituency and also of the state for their efforts and dedication during the crisis.

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