‘Not sure virus will disappear post lockdown’

SHILLONG, Apr 1: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma today said that he was not sure that after the 21-day lockdown called to contain the spread of COVID-19 the virus will disappear.

“Let us not fool ourselves post April 14 the virus will disappear,” the Chief Minister said.

According to Conrad, the idea for the 21-day lockdown was to break the transmission chain. He also added that after the lockdown ends people still needs to be careful.

He also said that life has to move on and with COVID-19 people need to learn to live with precautions like have social distancing and take care of personal hygiene practices.

On measures with cases of COVID -19 positive in Assam, the Chief Minister said that as per MHA guidelines the inter-state and inter-district movement has been restricted.

The Chief Minister also said that the government is aware of the COVID-19 crisis globally and is prepared to designate a hospital for similar cases in the future.

He also said that the state government has already made temporary arrangements by setting up isolation centres by requisitioning different locations and buildings.

“We will keep on increasing the numbers,” the Chief Minister said.

When asked if the state government has enough equipments and gears to fight the virus, Conrad said, “It is never going to be enough.”

He pointed out that even countries like China, USA and others are facing shortages.

Lauding the doctors, health workers and officers of the state government for working round-the-clock in such situation, he said that there is no right way of doing things since the situation is dynamic.

“We need to give space to the officials as they deliver and learning from mistakes we are rectifying them,” Conrad added.

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