Guwahati: Assam health department has decided to conduct a mass testing in the capital city’s Pandu area which has seen a sudden surge of COVID 19 positive cases recently and declared as a COVID ‘hotspot’.
The drive to be started on Tuesday will be a first of its kind step by the health department.
Assam health minister Himnata Biswa Sarma said, “The health department shall carry out house-to-house Covid tests in Ward No 2 of Pandu area starting Tuesday. We target to complete at least 3000 tests in the Ward in two days.”
The Pandu area has emerged as one of the coronavirus hotspots in the city after over 150 persons from the densely populated area were tested positive despite not having any travel history.
Kamrup Metro district authority feared of community transmission in the area. Over the last 10 days, the Kamrup metro district has seen 2,741 fresh COVID-19 positive cases and it has already slipped into the ‘real’ pandemic situation, said Sarma. The city has been undergoing a total lockdown for over a week now.
On Monday, the district administration has also labelled the State Bank of India’s head office here located opposite Assam Secretariat and Dhirenpara Maternity and Child Welfare Hospital as containment zones after positive cases were detected from there.
So far, Assam has a total COVID positive case of 11736 with 3837 active cases and 14 deaths.