GUWAHATI: The Health and Family Welfare Department of Assam has issued new guidelines for people who travel to any location outside the state and returns back within 96 hours of departure. According to the new guidelines such a person may not require to stay in quarantine if tested negative the person need not undergo any quarantine.
The new guidelines have been issued on Thursday through an official order issued by Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam, Samir K. Sinha.
The official order read,” In view of the issue of the guidelines for the phased re-opening (Unlock 4.0) by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, the Government of Assam in Health & Family Welfare has decided that a person, who travels to any location outside Assam and returns back to the State within 96 hours of departure, will not be required to undergo quarantine of 10 days, subject to fulfilment of the following conditions
1) The person will have to undergo Rapid Antigen Test on return
2) If the Rapid Antigen Test result is positive, he/she shall undergo home isolation/ treatment in COVID Care Centre or hospital, as per protocol.
3) If the Rapid Antigen Test result is negative, his/her swab sample would be taken for RT-PCR testing and he/she will have to remain in isolation till RT PCR test result is declared, and an undertaking will be submitted by each person to this effect. If the RT-PCR test result is positive, he/ she shall undergo home isolation/ treatment in COVID Care Centre or hospital, as per protocol. If the RT-PCR test result is negative, the person need not undergo any further quarantine,
4) The person will strictly comply with hygiene and social distancing norms during the stay outside Assam.”
Assam Health and Finance Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “2 decisions by Health Dept on #Covid19 A. In view of #unlock4guidelines a person who travels outside Assam & returns within 96 hrs will not be quarantined subject to conditions in attached order B. Upto Rs 5000 towards cremation of #Covid patients if family unable to bear cost.”
2 decisions by Health Dept on #Covid19
A. In view of #unlock4guidelines a person who travels outside Assam & returns within 96 hrs will not be quarantined subject to conditions in attached order
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) September 10, 2020