Assam Hotels deny accommodation to cyclist from Spain amid coronavirus scare
GUWAHATI: Pablu Alberto Fernandez Garcia, a Spanish cyclist touring the world, was denied accommodation in hotels in Assam. He arrived in Silchar from Meghalaya on March 12, according to reports.
After the cyclist reached out to a local police station he was given accommodation at the government circuit house. He had tested negative for coronavirus. He left for Mizoram the very next day.
Dr. Ajit Bhattacharjee, Surveillance Officer, Cachar district, said, "The person had arrived in India several days ago. According to our guidelines, if any person arrives here after spending more than 14 days abroad, that person would be quarantined. When we received information about the Spanish person, we tested him at the civil hospital, and his result came out to be negative."
It is important to note that, as a part of Covid19 preventive measures, the Assam government on Sunday has ordered all the cinema halls, gymnasiums and swimming pools in the state to close till March 29. The state government has also imposed restrictions on public gathering to check the disaster
Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna in a press conference said that only awareness and alertness could prevent infection of the coronavirus. However, he appealed all people to not panic. Claiming that the state government has taken all kind of precautionary measures to check the disaster, the chief secretary informed that already a state level nodal officer has been appointed to check the menace. “People should not be panic. Government has taken all necessary preventive measures. All should remain alert.”, he said, adding that no coronavirus positive case is detected in the state so far. Earlier, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had announced that he would not take part in any public meeting till March 31 and appealed all people to remain alert. He also said that only awareness and alertness could prevent this dreaded disease. Meanwhile, the Centre had declared the Covid19 as a ‘notified disaster’ in the country.