Arunachal Pradesh : AAPSU says will impose lockdown if situation demands

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Sunday reiterated its demand for a statewide lockdown, and warned of calling a lockdown anytime soon.

Arunachal Pradesh : AAPSU says will impose lockdown if situation demands
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The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Sunday reiterated its demand for a statewide lockdown, and warned of calling a lockdown anytime soon.
Addressing reporters at the press club in state capital itanagar, AAPSU vice president Meje Taku said, “The AAPSU will announce a lockdown anytime, anywhere, if the situation worsens. We have consulted health experts, and if they say that there is a chance of community spread, we will call for a lockdown even if the government does not.

“We are not against the government; we are only fighting for the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.

Referring to the report of a frontline worker testing positive for Covid-19, Taku said, “It is a signal that there is the potential for community spread in the state,” and appealed to the government to take a stand “before it is too late.”

The AAPSU also said it is strongly opposed to reopening of educational institutes before 31 August, and requested the state government to issue clear instructions on reopening of schools and colleges in the state.

“All schools and colleges should be fully prepared and hold a consultative discussion before opening educational institutes,” the union said.

The AAPSU also asked the state government to classify zones as red, orange and green, and to make the quarantine centres known to residents, so that they may take precautionary measures.

“Initiate the transfer and posting of health & wellness officers and nurses only to places where there is a lack of health workers,” Taku said.

The unions other demands included speeding up the interview process to recruit new nurses;Random covid19 tests in the state, changing the standard operating procedure for returnees by extending their stay in quarantine centres even if they test negative; carrying out rapid antibody tests of truckers and their handymen instead of thermal scanning, etc.