SILCHAR: In the midst of a regular SMCH report on the COVID-19 situation in Cachar, social media has been circulating the news of the presence of Omicron case in this town for the last three days, creating a sense of fear among people. The person in question has been identified by name with the symptom of Omicron returning from Finland who is a resident of Vivekananda Road here. It spread like rumour and became the talk of the town until the health and the district administration came out with a rebuttal.
Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Keerthi Jalli in a statement clarified that till Sunday there has been no case of any Omicron positive case. The social media circulated news about it is totally false, fabricated and fake. This has led to confusion and panic among people. The Deputy Commissioner has asked the public not to be misled by such fake news. Along with that he has asked promoters and executives of social media to become more responsible and to verify or cross check such sensitive information.
The report of eight doctors of SMCH who were found to be COVID-19 positive was sourced and confirmed by the authorities concerned that did create consternation in medical and civil circles with the spectre of Omicron in certain parts of the country. It has come as a great relief that the State Health department has denied detection of any Omicron case in Assam. But, there has been no total elimination of COVID-19 from Barak Valley yet. The report released from SMCH on Monday at 5pm shows 7 active patients, one each on ventilator and oxygen support, Rat and RT-PCR tests negative, no admission and no discharge in 24 hours. People have been cautioned to continue to wear masks and be safe.