Assam DGP, MLA test COVID-19 positive; revised SOP for air travellers

The spread of COVID-19 continued in Assam with the state’s director general of police and another MLA, among others, detected with the virus, even as the overall tally moved closer to 60,000.

DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta was on August 10 tested positive for COVID-19 and has reportedly been placed under home isolation.

The MLA of Duliajan constituency, Teros Gowala, has also been detected with the virus, with at least four other legislators previously testing positive for COVID-19.

The overall COVID-19 tally in the state has increased to 58,837 with detection of 1,123 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The positivity rate in the state on August 9 was 4.58%, with Kamrup (M) accounting for 240 of the new cases and Jorhat, for 121.

The number of recovered patients was higher than the new cases in the past 24 hours, with the overall figure also growing steadily.

Altogether 1734 patients were discharged from different hospitals and COVID Care Centres on August 9, putting the number of recovered patients to 42,325.

The number of active COVID 19 cases in the state currently stands at 16,364, while the death toll is 145.

Meanwhile, the state government has modified the SOP for air travellers to the state.

For air travellers returning from the state within 72 hours, there would be no quarantine period, though the traveller has to maintain COVID-19 health protocols during the stay.

The travellers swab will be tested through Rapid AG Tests at time of arrival and if found negative, the person shall be allowed to proceed.

For symptomatic visitors, the person shall undergo RT-PCR test even if the AG test is negative and shall be placed in isolation till results are out.

If the visitor’s stay exceeds 72 hours, the person shall face penal action and shall be placed in quarantine, as per extant rules.

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