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Assam: No ‘Mandatory’ Home Quarantine for Incoming Air Passengers if test Negative

The Assam government has issued fresh home quarantine rules on Friday for the air passengers arriving in Guwahati

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GUWAHATI: The Assam government has issued fresh home quarantine rules on Friday for the air passengers arriving in Guwahati.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the current norm of 10 days home quarantine for air passengers arriving in the state has been withdrawn.

According to the minister, any person arriving in the state by air need not undergo the 10 days mandatory home quarantine if found negative in both antigen and RT-PCR test.

The antigen screening results are delivered immediately, the results of RT-PCR tests usually takes 3-5 days to be delivered.

However, passengers can now pay Rs 2,200 to receive the immediate results of the RT-PCR test, and if found negative, those passengers need not stay in home quarantine.

People who opt for free RT-PCR reports have to stay in home quarantine till the results are delivered.

The minister also said that people who have recovered from COVID-19 need not undergo screening or further testing on travelling to and from Assam (both in air or by train).

However, those people have to submit their COVID-19 positive certificate or hospital certificate.

Meanwhile, Assam has seen an increase in positivity rate during COVID-19 testing this month as compared to the previous one.

In August, Assam had a positivity rate of around 4.8% and in September so far, the positivity rate is approximately 6.7%.

According to data released by health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, 2,091 fresh COVID cases have been detected out of 28,993 tests done in state on Friday.

Among the new cases, 452 were from Kamrup (M), 191 from Jorhat, 136 from Dibrugarh and 127 cases were from Golaghat among others.

The state’s tally stand at 1,65,582 total cases, among which 1,32709 are discharged, 32,262 active cases, 608 deaths and three migrated to other states.

However, 11 more have succumbed to the COVID-19 infections on Friday, taking the positivity rate to a high of 7.21%

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