Coronavirus: Assam Employees Exempted From Biometric Attendance; Nagaland Imposes Ban On Tourists. 10 Points

Assam government has ordered the closure of tiger reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and the Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden till March 31, 2020

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As a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus, which claimed more than 6,000 lives globally, the Assam government directed to stop the use of Biometric Attendance System, where physical contact is required with the system to record attendance, at the offices.

However, any other biometric attendance system where physical contact is not required (like face recognition etc) shall continue to be used as earlier.

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According to the government notification, the attendance may be marked manually in the official registers and maintained by Head of Office appropriately during this period. The order shall remain in force till March 31st, 2020.

Assam government has ordered the closure of tiger reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and the State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden till March 31st, 2020. The government has also suspended all permissions granted for film shootings and research works in the wildlife spots. This comes after the government decided to shut all schools, colleges, universities, movie halls, gyms and swimming pools to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

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Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said, “A total of 29 samples have been tested so far at GMCH. Of these, 28 were tested negative and the result of the one sample is yet to come.”

Sarma, who is also the Finance Minister of the state, said six samples, which were tested at RMRC, Lahowal, were also found negative while one sample was tested at JMCH, the result of which is yet to be received.

Saying that the state government has taken all the measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Sarma said that Assam has no shortage of medical equipment and other necessary facilities to fight against coronavirus.

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“A total of 2000 people can be quarantined at a time in the state while 507 isolated beds are ready. A total of 12,129 PP kits, 61,263 triple layer masks, 5,215 N95 masks and 57,69,166 pairs of gloves are available with the government as of now,” Sarma said.

The total positive cases in India climbed to 114 on March 16th, 2020 with reports of four new cases from Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh and Kerala respectively.

Here are the top 10 points:

  • Assam Government suspends use of biometric attendance in offices (State/ Institutions (both public and private/PSUs/Commercial Organisations) as prevention against coronavirus.
  • The ASTC buses are being washed and cleaned as a preventive measure in the wake of coronavirus
  • The XIX Convocation, 2020 of Dibrugarh University has been postponed until further order. Earlier, it was supposed to be held on March 28.
  • Assam government has ordered the closure of tiger reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and the State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden till March 31st, 2020. The government has also suspended all permissions granted for film shootings and research works in the wildlife spots. This comes after the government decided to shut all schools, colleges, universities, movie halls, gyms and swimming pools to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
  • Saying that the state government has taken all the measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Sarma said that Assam has no shortage of medical equipment and other necessary facilities to fight against coronavirus.
  • Educational institutions, night club, cinema halls, weekly markets will remain close in Arunachal Pradesh till April 5th, 2020 from March 16th, 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus
  • Sikkim shuts down educational institutions, discos, cinema halls, casino, gyms, melas and tambola till April 15 amid coronavirus scare. All domestic tourists to be denied entry to Sikkim till April 15th, 2020.
  • Nagaland has imposed a blanket ban on all tourists (international/domestic) visiting the state from Mar 18 till further order in view of the coronavirus outbreak. All education institutions in #Nagaland will remain closed in Nagaland from Mar 17th to Apr 12th, 2020.
  • Tripura shuts all educational institutes, cinema halls, swimming pools and gymnasiums from March 17 till March 31. However, the Board examinations will continue as per schedule.
  • Budget Session of Meghalaya Assembly postponed indefinitely amid coronavirus scare.

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