Seeking intervention of the Prime minister, the chief minister said that arrangement for the much needed quarantine Centre and covid care centre for Border Security Force (BSF) personnel deployed in Mizoram is being made.
The chief minister said, “I am however constrained to say that the main hurdle we are encountering in our effort to contain the spread of the disease is the unrestricted movement of the paramilitary forces. Daily statistics of new cases reported in the state indicate that the majority of new cases reported in the state are from amongst the paramilitary. “
The state government stated that 468 cases of COVID-19 in the state out of which 253 have recovered. Around 455 people had travel history outside the state while 13 do not have any travel history outside the state in the recent past.
The chief minister said that the disconcerting part of the above statistics is that out of the 215 active cases, 53 are civilians and 162 paramilitary personnel.
“The chief secretary and the state home secretary have written several letters to the heads of the paramilitary forces in the state to curtail avoidable movement of their personnel and to restrict inter-state movement by the state government.However from my reading of the records maintained by the state government, it appears to me that the paramilitary forces are going about their deployment and leave sanctions as if it is business as usual. Moreover I have also been informed that incoming personnel have been freely roaming in public places utilising public amenities such as banks, ATMS, market places etc which is causing civil unrest in the state. The state government is now insisting that all incoming troops be quarantined under the watch of the state government,” Zoramthanga stated.
He said that paramilitary forces have the propensity to turn out to be super-spreaders of COVID-19. “ I seek your intervention in issuing suitable orders to all the paramilitary forces under the control and direction of the Ministry of Home Affairs to restrict inter-state movement of their personnel except for unavoidable national interest, death and medical emergency so that our endeavour to contain and save precious lives of our people is not in vain.”
Meanwhile, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma held a meeting with the army and other armed forces on plasma donation. Sarma said that forces have assured that they will donate plasma.
He said, “There are roughly 200 to 500 personnel in different forces which are infected by COVID-19 out of which 10 percent are symptomatic patients. Till now 190 people have come up for plasma donation out of which we have scanned and found at least 99 such people are capable of donation. Already we have given plasma treatment to 115 patients.”
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