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    5 Out Of 8 Northeast States Are Coronavirus Free: DoNER Minister

    Five out of eight Northeast States are coronavirus free while the other three States have not added any new coronavirus positive case in the last few days: Jitendra Singh

    Five out of eight Northeast States are novel coronavirus (COVID-19) free while the other three States have not added any new COVID-19 positive case in the last few days.

    This was informed by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, after a review meeting with the officials through video conference.

    Briefing the media, Singh said that five Northeastern states – Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura – are “totally corona free”.

    “Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram had 8, 11 and 1 corona positive cases, which are waiting to become negative. No new cases were added in the last 24 hours,” he said.

    Singh also informed about the proposals received and under consideration from the different North Eastern States like Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur for new health-related projects devoted to the management of infections and corona care, critical care and upgraded healthcare.

    “These projects will be dealt with priority. The Ministry of DoNER had placed Rs 25 crore at the disposal of North Eastern States in the initial stage itself, much before the lockdown, as gap-funding for corona related activities,” he said.

    Senior officers from North Eastern Council (NEC) Shillong as well representatives of different government bodies and PSUs including North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation (NERAMC), North East Handicraft & Handloom Development Corporation (NEHHDC), North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi), Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) etc participated in the video conference from their respective places.

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