ITANAGAR: While welcoming the State government's decision to impose a seven-day Capital Complex lockdown, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has asserted that other aspects to stopping community spread of coronavirus should also be addressed.
AAPSU vice-president Meje Taku, who is also the Union's COVID-19 mission chairman, said that the primary and secondary contacts of the two frontline workers who were tested COVID-19 positive, should be re-tested to eliminate any scope of doubt.
Taku, who was addressing a press conference at the Arunachal Press Club here on Saturday, expressed concerned over the possibility of false test results; and pointed out that the primary and secondary contacts were tested on June 30 whereas the ICMR guidelines say that tests should be conducted after five to 10 days from the day of contact with an infected person.
Stating that all primary and secondary contacts concerned including their family members should be re-tested to eliminate any scope of doubt, the AAPSU said that the authorities concerned should utilize the new lockdown period to conduct testings and if required the lockdown should be extended.
The AAPSU has also demanded temporary restrictions on inflow of returnees. Taku argued that since the number of COVID-19 cases is on the increase, returnees should be temporarily restricted from coming back. He said that such measures will ease the workload of health workers and facilities and more attention can be given to the existing batch of returnees.
Regarding their support in bringing back the returnees earlier, Taku said that as many were stranded and also facing racial abuses then so they supported the move to bring them back. But now as most have already returned and only those are outside who opted to stay there.
The AAPSU has also demanded that order for closure of all religious institutions should be re-issued. Stating that when every institution having large gatherings such as schools, colleges etc are being shut down, Taku said the state government should not compromise with the safety of the public by opening religious institutions. He also appealed to all believers to support their demand for the larger interest.
Taku further demanded that all vehicles ferrying essential commodities or on medical emergencies entering through check gates should be mandatorily sanitized with Sodium Chlorite solution. He added that other than permitted vehicles to enter the state, all gates should be sealed off till the situation improves.
Informing that they have already submitted a representation to the State government on their appeals, Taku expressed hope that the government will look into their appeals.
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