by NEWSNER , 2021-04-22 10:59:42
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said people travelling to the state from outside will need to undergo mandatory seven-day home quarantine within the wake of an increase in COVID-19 cases. However, officialdom, those travelling for medical reasons, and other people visiting the state about bereavements are going to be exempted from it, he said.
In a series of tweets, Sarma said, the health department is functioning relentlessly to build up testing by rolling out screening centres in every ward of the capital.
On April 13, the Assam government had made it mandatory for all air passengers arriving within the state to undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), followed by the RT-PCR test, albeit the RAT was negative.
While passengers weren't to be charged for the RAT, RT-PCR would cost them Rs 500. This has now been extended to all or any people entering the state by rail and by road.
Sarma also said, "We're ramping up #COVID19 testing facilities by creating a screening centre in every ward of Guwahati City so that people can get access to RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen test with no hassle."
In case, the daily case rate in Guwahati touches 1,000, the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration has been authorised to shut educational institutions and hostels, he added.
The number of positive cases in Guwahati has been on the increase with 742 people testing positive on Tuesday.
The health minister said, the government has granted tankers, carrying nitrogen, argon and oxygen, the status of an ambulance, to enable their hassle-free movement within the state and transit through Assam for the speedy delivery of oxygen to critical centres.
The state reported three more deaths thanks to COVID-19 on Tuesday, while the number of coronavirus cases rose sharply with 1,651 persons testing positive, pushing the entire number of infections to 2,27,473.
Given the spiralling COVID-19 numbers, the Assam government has already ordered to shut markets and shops by 6 pm and permitted 50 per cent of employees, except officers, to figure from range in districts having 100 or more active cases.