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Identify Chakma COVID-patients of Changlang as 'refugees', says AAPSU

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has stated that those ‘Chakmas’ from


Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Jun 2020 4:55 AM GMT


ITANAGAR: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has stated that those 'Chakmas' from Changlang district who have been identified as COVID-19 positive patients should be termed as 'Refugees' rather than calling them as 'Arunachalee in general'.

The Union said that as human beings, the infected Chakmas have all right for medication and care. But they are refugees and the State government should not address them as Arunachalees.

The AAPSU has also demanded the State government should be declared as a containment zone the Diyun sub-division of Changlang district . The entry and exit points of Diyun should be strictly monitored for people's safety, it added.

All the asymptomatic COVID-19 migrated patients are being treated at the institutional quarantine centre in Diyun. The district administration has closed the entry points at Bordumsa, Diyun and also at the Mio Circle border check gate. Only vehicles carrying essential commodities and medical items are being allowed to pass from the Namsai and Kharsang areas. Besides, those carrying essential goods and medical items will have to secure passes from the district administration.

Earlier, Food & Civil Supplies Minister Komlung Mossang along with the local legislator Somlung Mossang visited the Diyun quarantine centre and ensured that all health facilities and basic needs are provided to the people kept in various intuitional quarantine facilities across the district.

The rise in COVID-19 cases has so far reached 28 in Changlang district, which is the highest as compared to the other districts of the State. It was on June 1 that the district witnessed the highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases in the State, when 16 persons from Changlang tested positive. Altogether nine positive cases were reported on June 3, and three more COVID-19 positive cases were reported on June 4, taking the COVID-19 tally to 28 in the district.

The State has so far detected 43 coronavirus positive cases among which 42 are asymptomatic and one has been discharged.

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