Guwahati: Fearing a possible large scale transmission of coronavirus, Assam government has decided to conduct an extensive Covid 19 test amongst the tea garden workers of the state.
According to official records, some 69 tea garden workers have tested positive so far out of whom 26 have recovered. There was one casualty.
Tea industry sources said there were 676,835 garden workers till the starting of 2020.
State’s labour commissioner Ghanshyam Das issuing a directive on Tuesday, said, “If for any reason there is a community spread in the labour lines it will lead to a major catastrophe as the present medical facility available is not sufficient to cater to a pandemic situation.”
He observed that the garden workers and their colonies were highly vulnerable of possible mass transmission.
Besides tea garden workers, the state health department has been also conducting random tests amongst the traders in the city as it had relaxed the lockdown norms recently.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting with the traders’ bodies of the city on Wednesday and asked them to get themselves and their employees tested by August 10.
“For shops to open on both sides we need shopkeepers and traders to test themselves and their employees by August 10 to check the spread of the virus,” he said.
Assam government has already reduced the quarantine period for passengers arriving in the state of Assam to 10 days from 14 days inclusive of days spent in institutional or hotel quarantine as well as home quarantine.
With 1348 new Covid 19 cases detected in Assam in last 24 hrs, the state’s total Covid cases went up to 36295 with 92 deaths.