The Assam Government has resorted to ‘ruthless quarantine’ of passengers coming from outside the state to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The COVID-19 tally in Assam went up to 212 on Friday, whereas it recorded the first case of Coronavirus on March 31. Then it took 37 days to touch the number 50 on May 7; and now within 10 days, the figure had just doubled on May 17.

Witnessing this sudden in Coronavirus cases ever since the inter-state travel has been allowed, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that Assam will be imposing ‘ruthless quarantine strategy with a humane heart’, which involves no phone and social media access. Sharma added that with the air travel also set to resume operations from May 25, challenges for the government will grow as they will need to prepare for dealing with people coming from all three modes, i.e., air, train, and rail. He mentioned that strict quarantine will be applicable for all.

Reportedly, more than 40000 people have already entered Assam by rail and road since May 4, whereas another 12 lakh are expected to reach in the next few days.

Assam enforces ‘ruthless quarantine’ with no access to phone and social media

Referring to the quarantine matter, Sharma mentioned that most of the positive cases were from people coming from other states, and to contain the spread of the virus further, they will need to implement quarantine policy effectively. He also appealed to all to remain cautious in view of the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in the state.

The Minister announced that every person coming to the state will need to undergo 14 days mandatory quarantine, and that the government would be spending around INR 20000 per person during the said period for their care.

Therefore, from now on, those coming to Assam will spend the first seven days in institution quarantine, and the next seven days in home quarantine. Those trying to avoid the quarantine, will face a criminal case, which will be considered as a non-bailable offence, said the Minister.

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