Assam makes institutional quarantine mandatory for returnees

With returnees from outside the state accounting for more than 90 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Assam, the state government on May 26 decided to make institutional quarantine mandatory for them.

A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, took this decision.

An official release informing about the decisions after the meeting said, “In view of spike in COVID-19 cases, the state government has decided to enforce quarantine measures strictly.”

“People coming from outside will be sent for institutional quarantine and no home quarantine will be allowed,” the release added.

It was further decided to extend assistance of Rs 2,000 each for three months from April to June to folk artists, including band party players, Ojapali artists, Dhulia Naam performers, etc.

The decision to provide Rs 2,000 from April to June as assistance to 3.61 lakh people stranded outside the state under ‘Assam Cares’ was also approved by the cabinet.

Assam has so far registered 616 COVID-19 cases.

In view of commencement of flood season, it was decided that ministers in charge of the COVID-19 situation in various districts will also look after flood preparedness in their respective districts.

Further, deputy commissioners were asked to keep adequate stock of relief materials for the expected situation that may arise due to the floods and also undertake repairing of embankments.

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