New Delhi: On a day when the Delhi government started COVID-19 tests on media persons, the Assam government on Wednesday decided to conduct the same for free on media people. Also Read - Allegations Against Chinese PPE Quality Baseless But We Won't Use, Says Assam Minister

Addressing a press conference, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government has decided to conduct free COVID-19 tests for news reporters at Guwahati Medical College on April 25. Sharma said that no new case of COVID-19 has been reported in the state in last seven days. Also Read - Assamese Kids Turn Social Media Sensations After Interesting Performances Amid Lockdown



The development comes after 53 scribes were tested positive for the coronavirus in Mumbai this week. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Assam, Meghalaya Allow Opening of Liquor Shops From Monday

On Tuesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that his government will start COVID-19 testing for mediapersons. He also said that his government has set up a centre for the purpose where free COVID-19 tests will be conducted.



“We have set up a centre. All media houses and journalists will be informed about it. Interested mediapersons can undergo tests at the centre from Wednesday morning,” Kejriwal said.

Apart from Delhi and Assam, the Karnataka government on Tuesday also decided to conduct a health checkup camp for journalists in Bengaluru.

The BMC had said that out of the 171 mediapersons, 53 tested positive for coronavirus, adding that most of those who tested positive are asymptomatic at present.

In another development, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed officials of border districts of Kokrajhar and Dhubri to screen drivers of trucks entering the state as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

He also asked officials to take stock of the situation arising out of relaxation of guidelines by the state government on Monday in certain sectors during the extended lockdown period.

The chief minister instructed the DCs of Kokrajhar and Dhubri districts to strictly screen all the incoming truck drivers and their associates at Boxirhat and Srirampur gates on the Assam-Bengal border.

He further asked them to create adequate awareness across the villages near the border so that they can report and stop anyone trying to sneak into Assam during the lockdown period.

The Assam CM directed the district agriculture officers to monitor the usage of tractors provided under the Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) and instructed them to ensure that those tractors are only used for farming activities.