Swab samples of 10 persons tested negative
Hailakandi: The district administration strictly enforced the lockdown across Hailakandi district. Police and security personnel kept a strict vigil and enforced the lockdown effectively. Action was taken against the violators. Altogether 67 vehicles have been seized and 24 arrested since the lockdown. Seven cases have been registered for lockdown violations. Rs 23,000 have been realized by way of fines.
Today being Friday, the administration deployed police and security personnel in and around the mosques. Most of the mosques were under lock and key while in some there were only a handful of devotees. “Not more than two to three persons came to offer Friday prayers at a few mosques. Most of the mosques were locked. There was no azan (call for prayer) over the loud speakers,” said a police official.
Licenced groceries remained open from 9 am to 3 pm with people maintaining social distancing while procuring essential commodities. The administration has come down heavily on some retail fair price agents for gross anomalies and even terminated their trade licenses.
Door-to-door delivery of vegetables were arranged by the Agriculture department in Hailakandi town and other parts of the district.
Assistant Director, Food and Civil Supplies, Ganesh Choudhury said the people need not have to go for panic buying as there is enough foodgrains to last for two months. He said additional 28,836 quintals of rice under the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana would be distributed to 1,28,582 lakh Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and Priority House Hold (PHH) beneficiaries soon. Each beneficiary will get five kg of rice per month free of charge.
Meanwhile, the swab samples of 10 persons sent to the Silchar Medical College and Hospital have tested negative. Joint Director of Health Services, Dr.Ramesh Chandra Dwivedy disclosed that the swab results of six persons from Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh who were not part of Tablighi Jamaat and four from Hailakandi who came from outside the State turned out to be negative.
Following the first positive case of COVID-19 in neighbouring Karimganj, the district administration sealed off the inter-district borders with Karimganj and Cachar to prevent the spread of the disease. All the border roads with Mizoram have also been sealed.