GUWAHATI: Assam government has decided to form local committees in all the villages of the state to keep a sharp eye on the home quarantine norms of people who have reached the state from outside.
The state government had already ordered a seven-day mandatory home quarantine for all those who have reached the state recently. A person after arriving in the state has been asked to remain in a weeklong home quarantine even if tested negative while arrival.
State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that these local committees would ensure that those who were asked to stay in home quarantine don’t violate the protocol.
“In villages, the committees will be formed with village headmen and other social groups. And in urban areas, it will be formed with members of the apartments or societies. They will have to ensure that no one in home quarantine violates it,” Sarma said.
The minister said that these groups would be formed within the next three days.
People traveling to Assam from outside states will have to undergo a compulsorily home quarantine for seven days amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the state. “All passengers arriving by flights and trains from outside the state will have to undergo compulsorily home quarantine for seven days, even if the result of the COVID test undergone on arrival is negative,” the state government said in a notification on Wednesday.
However, government officials, those traveling for medical reasons and people visiting the state in connection with bereavements will be exempted from it, informed Sarma.
He added that nearly 4000 people averagely have been reaching the state on a daily basis from outside currently.