Kokrajhar, April 10, 2020:
Assam man has composed a parody version of a famous Lata Mangeshkar song in order to raise awareness on the coronavirus pandemic.
Asom Sahitya Sabha Life Member, who also works with the Public Works Department (PWD) of Kokrajhar, Assam, Raju Kumar Basumatary composed a song amid the lockdown's boredom at his residence. "Hey humans, don't fear corona. We will sail in the boat of unity and overcome this. We will win for sure," he sang.
"I was bored of sitting back at home and thought of sending out this message on coronavirus. I am not a Singer, yet I am going to try singing this composition," he said.
His effort is among the many who have shown their zeal to spread a positive vibe in their own ways. Basumatary's song has been created with the sole aim of raising awareness about social distancing and coronavirus.
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While he created his message artistically, he also appealed fellow citizens to stay home and follow the instructions of the Government and health department.
It may be mentioned here that Assam has seen a spike the number of coronavirus cases in the past few days. On Friday morning, the State also got its first fatality due to the complications of the infection. A total of 29 cases have been detected in Assam, out of which, 27 have links to the Nizamuddin Markaz's religious congregation held in Delhi.
65-year-old Faijul Haque Barbhuyan, hailing from Hailakandi, passed away around 2 AM on April 10 following complications of the virus, informed Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. He was undergoing treat at the Silchar Medical College.
Assam on Thursday evening declared its 29th case of COVID-19 – one from Dhubri disrict who came in the contact of Nizamuddin Markaz attendee tested positive.
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On Thursday morning Sarma had informed about Assam’s 28th positive case, who had a travel history to Saudi Arab. It may be mentioned here that the Northeastern State saw a spike in the COVID-19 cases soon after the Tabligh Jamaat, an annual religious congregation, held at Nizamuddin Markaz near Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi came to the fore.
Thousands from across the country and abroad participated in the event. Attendees from Indonesia, Malaysia, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh had participated in the Tabligh Jamaat held in March. According to reports, 24 out of these had tested positive for COVID-19 and 200 others had shown symptoms of the virus. As many as 1,400 people were believed to have been exposed to the virus now. However, many of them have still not reported to their nearest health centres.
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The Markaz emerged as the hotspot for coronavirus infection, thereby posing as a threat to all of the ones who had come in contact with the Markaz attendees.
A few Mosques and Muslim Societies in Assam have banned the entry of personnel from the Tablighi Jamaat sect. Mosques in Guwahati, Jorhat, Rojahauli and Kokilamukh, were the first to take the step.
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