Institutional quarantine mandatory for returnees, says Khandu

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on May 14 said his government has made institutional quarantine mandatory for people entering into the state.

Addressing a press conference in Itanagar, Khandu said, “Arunachal government has made institutional quarantine mandatory for people returning to state. If COVID-19 test found negative, then they will be discharged and sent for home quarantine.”

“Arunachalees returning to state will be kept at central quarantine. Looking at the capacity of central quarantine, we would like to bring them in a staggered way. We have taken this decision for the benefit of all,” the chief minister said.

Khandu, besides lauding the frontline workers, also thanked all community-based organisations (CBOs), women’s organisations, self-help groups, student volunteers for doing their part in fighting Coronavirus.

He also appealed all respective community and villages to monitor inter-state returnees of their area, who will go from institutional quarantine facility, for 14-days home quarantine, after testing negative for COVID-19.

“No dedicated special trains for Arunachal to bring back the stranded. This is to avoid overwhelming of our screening and quarantine facilities. Staggered evacuation plan will be in place to bring back the stranded in batches. This is for safety of all and the stranded,” Khandu informed.

He, however, said that to bring back stranded Arunachalees from other parts of the country, he has sought help from Assam government, and the stranded people will be brought back from special trains arranged by the Assam government.

On concerns over personnel from central armed police forces posted in other state being reported positive for COVID-19, Khandu said, “Arunachal government is in touch with central forces in the state. We have been assured that SOPs are strictly followed when their personnel enter into state.”

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