File image of Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu
File image of Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday chaired a meeting to discuss the state’s preparedness level to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chief minister, during the meeting, reviewed the preparedness level in all the districts of the state and also regarding law and order situation and of health professionals and workers.

The chief minister requested the police department to keep vigil of the porous border with Assam besides strict monitoring of all 22 official entry gates to prevent any suspicious entry.

Khandu informed that 74 samples have been collected for coronavirus out of which 57 reported negative and 1 positive. He said the result of 16 more tests is yet to come.

The man tested with positive is identified to be a non-Arunachalee who is now kept in an isolation ward in Tezu and is reported to be stable and is asymptotic, informed the CM.

In view of the positive case of COVID-19 in the state, the chief minister requested the people of Arunachal to strictly adhere to social distancing and to follow all safety guidelines.

He also thanked all community-based organisations, gaon burahs and other local organizations for making people aware of lockdown.

For unhindered supply of essential commodities, the chief minister said he had a talk with Assam counterpart for free movement of all vehicles carrying essential supplies to Arunachal.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Home Minister Bamang Felix and Health Minister Alo Libang also attended the meeting.

Earlier, he attended the video conferencing of Prime Minister with the chief ministers of all states to discuss preventive measures against coronavirus.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: