Assam govt reduces quarantine period for returnees to 10 days

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No large congregations allowed in Assam I-Day programmes

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, July 29: The Assam government has decided to reduce the quarantine period for passengers arriving from outside the state to 10 days from the existing span of two weeks, officials said on Wednesday.

In a separate order, the government also barred large congregations during Independence Day celebrations this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, and said students will not take part in the ceremonial march past.

The quarantine period will be inclusive of the days spent in institutional, hotel or home quarantine, an order issued by the state health and family welfare department said.

“If a passenger spends initial two days in a hotel or institutional quarantine, then he/she will spend the remaining eight days in home quarantine. Similarly, if any passenger directly proceeds for home quarantine, then he/she shall spend 10 days in home quarantine,” it said.

However, if the RT-PCR test results of such passengers turn out positive, steps will be taken as per standard procedure, the department said.

In case of patients discharged after they test negative, there shall be a mandatory seven-day home quarantine with active surveillance by health workers,

An order issued by the department last week had said due to the evolving situation, the period of home quarantine shall be reduced from 14 to seven days.

The state government also needs to optimally utilise the resources at its disposal for core activities of testing and treatment of COVID-19, the order stated.

“Therefore, it has been decided that essential items worth Rs 2,000 for quarantined families will from now be provided only to families of Below Poverty Line (BPL) category,” the order had stated.

Deputy Commissioners, however, are authorised to extend this benefit to other families if required to mitigate hardship, it added.

In the upcoming I-Day, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will unfurl the national flag at 9 am in Guwahati.

Large congregations must be avoided and invitation for the celebration will be limited keeping the health protocols issued due to the pandemic in view and the number of attendees in the programme must not exceed one-third of the seating capacity at the venue, it said.

It said that the entire area where the Independence Day programme will be held, along with the dais, the flag- pole, chairs and other equipment will have to be sanitised in strict maintenance of health protocols.

 

Jorhat

Meanwhile, a group of citizens in Jorhat sought the intervention of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in treatment of people suffering from ailments like heart, diabetes, etc. in private and public hospitals.

The citizens led by advocates Rintu Goswami and Gautam Borah, a bank official  Nayan Jyoti Sarmah and a social worker Arunjoy Saikia stated through a memorandum that immediate and adequate medical treatment needed to be provided to common public suffering from serious ailments.

 

Dibrugarh

In Dibrugarh, the district administration began rapid testing across the district from Wednesday. As many as 69 persons were found positive for the novel coronavirus on the first day of rapid antigen testing which were carried out in 9 covid testing centres (CTC). Altogether 316 rapid antigen tests were done during the day.

Earlier the district administration had set up 27 COVID testing centres (CTC) across Dibrugarh district. Dibrugarh which is chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s home district has seen a sudden jump in COVID-19 cases recently. On Wednesday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the district touched 1,463 with the addition of 150 new cases including the 69 rapid testing positive cases. On Wednesday, rapid testing were carried out in 9 of the 27 camps from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

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