The total number of Covid19 cases in Dhubri district touched 111-mark after 16 new infections were reported on Saturday, according to the data received from Dhubri district health department.

The district has recorded two more deaths so far in the second wave of Covid19 while 6 people have recovered from the deadly disease, as per the data.

Meanwhile, over thousands of commercial vehicles including passengers enter Assam on daily basis through the entry gate at Chagolia of Assam’s Dhubri district across the inter-state border with West Bengal.

But no medical team has not been spotted at Chagolia, the inter-state entry point to Assam from West Bengal till Friday’s evening, so that the ‘incoming’ travellers for Covid19 are screened.

Dispur has already decided to carry out mandatory screening of all passengers coming from outside on account of the second wave of Covid19 pandemic.

Although a number of medical teams have been camping across the district for the last couple of weeks,

Chagolia check gate on National Highway 17 (New) in Dhubri district continues to remain unattended till Friday.

Dhubri deputy commissioner Deba Kumar Kalita said all necessary infrastructure for medical screening of the passengers entering Dhubri district is underway and the screening of passengers has started with immediate effect.

However, the trucks carrying essential commodities would not be allowed to stop at the entry gate and the distinct administration is still waiting for the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) form the government into the matter, said Kalita.

“Many youths working in places like Kerala, Maharashtra and Delhi, which are worst-affected states by coronavirus, are returning home,” said a resident of Dhubri, adding, “So, a proper medical check-up should in place at the entry gate to ensure that no Covid-infected person enters the state.”

Soon after the Covid19 active cases touched the 100 mark, the Dhubri district administration has ordered shutting down of all shops and business establishments in the district from 6 pm of Saturday.

Dhubri deputy commissioner Deba Kr Kalita has also ordered closing down of all lower primary schools for Class I-V (both government and private) across the district with immediate effect until further order.

Mukesh Kr Singh

Mukesh Kr Singh is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhubri. He can be reached at: mkdhubri@gmail.com