Daily 3000 cases will be disaster, govt will be tough on masks: Himanta

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Published: September 4,2020 02:29 PM
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September 4, 2020: The Assam Government will strictly implement the Gauhati High Court order on wearing of masks. The government will soon issue an SOP in this regard.

September 4, 2020: The Assam Government will strictly implement the Gauhati High Court order on wearing of masks. The government will soon issue an SOP in this regard.



Informing this on Friday, health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sharma said that the government is considering free distribution of face masks to the economically weaker section of people. The minister said that the Covid situation of the state is becoming dangerous day by day.



"If we get 3000 average cases per day, we'll get 90,000 cases in September alone. And that will be a disaster for us. It will be very difficult for us," warned Dr. Sharma.





As the Centre has said that states can't enforce lockdown on their own, he said wearing masks and maintaining health protocols are now the only saviour. "We have to open economic activities. We have suffered losses in our GST collection. Last month, we got only Rs 590 crores against our target of Rs. 96-0 crores. Luckily, I had been saving some funds to spend on new development schemes in the election year. That fund has helped us in Covid management."



The government will sit with the DCs and SPs of all districts and formulate a strategy for strict implementation of the HC order. Besides, a mega awareness campaign will also be launched from Sunday.



On the high number of cases in Guwahati in the last 2 days, he said that the teachers have gone for testing as per the government order and this has contributed to the high number of cases.





The minister cautioned that post-Covid complicacies are taking more lives than the virus itself. He also criticised some people for misleading public on Covid-19. The minister further clarified that the treatment of all patients at government hospitals will be free. Only patients staying at paying cabins will have to pay the rent. Besides, those patients undergoing treatment at private hospitals and needing plasma will have to pay for the kit only. On the controversy surrounding free conveyance of the discharged patients, he said that the local patients can arrange the transport on their own as the lockdown is no longer in force. However, patients from other districts getting treatment in Guwahati will be provided the transport facility for free. The people who will require RT-PCR report urgently only have to pay for the test and not the common patients, he said.