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Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Tuesday reviewed the level of preparedness to contain coronavirus threat with states bordering Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

As the COVID-19 19 cases have been witnessing an increasing trend in India, Home Secretary held a video conference with Chief Secretaries and Additional Chief Secretaries Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim.

Secretary Border Management and DG of BSF, SSB and Assam Rifles, as well as DGPs and Additional DGPs of States, also attended the video conferencing.

The States informed that regular screening is being done by doctors at various transit points and the community in border areas has been sensitized in respect of precautions to be taken to avoid getting infected by the virus, through gram sabhas.

The Home Secretary urged all the officials to ensure that round the clock deployment of doctors, with requisite testing kits and other medical supplies, be done so that hundred per cent screening is done without fail.

As of Tuesday India has registered 137 COVID-19 positive cases. However, no COVID 19 case has been reported from Northeast.

As a precautionary measure, the government has already sealed the international border with Bangladesh, Myanmar besides imposing restrictions on the movements of transport and people.

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