The second wave of Covid-19 has affected tea estates of the state. 105 deaths have been reported between April 1 and June 28. Out of these, 81 were reported from the tea estates located in Upper Assam.
According to figures, highest number of Covid-19 deaths were reported from Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts. Both districts have reported 26 deaths each.
Among the other tea gardens, Golaghat has reported 10 deaths while Charaideo, Sivasagar, and Jorhat has reported 6 deaths. In Lakhimpur, one tea garden worker has succumbed to Covid-19.
It needs to be mentioned here that Assam has a total of 803 registered tea gardens.
“The tea garden people live in close proximity and that’s why the second wave has mostly affected them. The vaccination program is already in motion in the tea gardens. The garden management and district administration has been taking steps to control the surge in Covid-19 cases,” said ACMS vice president Nabin Keot.
Meanwhile, the government has started the mega vaccination drive in tea garden areas to contain further spread of the virus.
Dr Nabajyoti Gogoi, Dibrugarh district surveillance officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme said, “In the first wave of Covid-19, tea gardens and people from rural areas were infected in less numbers. However this time most cases come from rural pockets and tea garden areas. This can be accounted to less awareness as compared to others areas.”