Pathsala Railway Station

At a time when the second wave of Covid-19 is creating havoc in India, the busy Pathsala Railway Station in Assam’s Bajali district is yet to have a screening area to screen passengers for the virus.

Although large numbers of passengers board and unboard different trains at this busy railway station, the railway authorities have not taken any initiative to screen passengers arriving here.

Although the Bajali district administration has issued several guidelines to curb the spread of the virus, many people can be seen flouting all protocols in the district.

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A total of 178 people in Bajali have tested positive for Covid-19 in this month

Meanwhile, India recorded 352,991 new Covid-19 cases and more than 2,800 deaths on Sunday.

Assam reported 14 more deaths on Sunday, while the number of cases rose by 1,844, pushing the tally 2,37,533, the National Health Mission (NHM) Assam said.

Despite the district administration’s appeal, people are holding functions like marriages where large gathering have been witnessed with no one bothering to follow social distancing.

A section of the public also can be seen roaming about in public places without masks despite the police fining those without masks with Rs 1000.

However, several NGOs in the district have come forward to sensitize the public on Covid-19 protocols and are distributing face masks among the people in public places .

Sasanka Talukdar

Sasanka Talukdar is Northeast Now Correspondent in Pathsala. He can be reached at: