Assam: 10 per cent people coming from outside don’t want to go for quarantine


Guwahati: After some relaxations of COVID-19 lockdown, many people are returning to Assam from other parts of the country. But among them, some are reluctant to go for quarantine and not cooperating with the health department. Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that some 10 per cent people coming from outside the state are not willing to be quarantined.

Speaking to media persons in Guwahati on Saturday, health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Though majority of the people are extending their cooperation to the health department, some 10 per cent are not willing to go for quarantine. They are not cooperating and creating troubles.”

He mentioned that everyone coming from 13 infected states and red zones will be allowed to go home if they test negative.

On the other hand, deputy commissioners (DC) will track the people coming from other states through a software. Screening centres have been set-up in Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Tezpur, Jorhat and Silchar.

Though the state government has been making all the possible arrangements to control the COVID-19 outbreak and seeking support from the citizens, some people have been allegedly flouting the rules and regulations. A bus with full load of passengers from Ajmer in Rajsthan arrived at Silchar in Cachar district on Wednesday defying all the rules set by the government. Many passengers of the bus tested COVID-19 positive. Among them, a most wanted car lifter from Sonitpur district also tested COVID-19 positive.

On the other hand a truck driver who had tested COVID-19 positive in neighbouring Tripura fled with his truck to his home in Karimganj. However, he was taken for the treatment by the health department.

It has been also alleged that some people coming from other states take paracetamol to lower the temperature when they entered Assam.

Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has requested everyone to comply with the rules and regulations for the greater interest of the state.