BISWANATH CHARIALI: As per the government directives, the Biswanath district administration has made arrangements for placing the people who were returning from other parts of the country under quarantine. More than a dozen quarantine centres have already been set up in different parts of the district for the returnees. So far, a swab test has been taken for a total of 657 people in the district and 476 people have tested negative for COVID-19. The first COVID-19 positive in the district was a 60-year-old man named Tok Gayari.
On the other hand, as per the government directive, the district discharge board has given at least 7 days compulsory institutional quarantine for every person in the district who has returned to their homeland. Around 26 such persons have already been discharged from the centre to date. However, as per the government guidelines, these people will have to undergo compulsory home quarantine for another 7 days, under the supervision of the quarantine committee at the village level in their respective areas.
At present 225 surveillance teams are actively working in different areas of the district. The surveillance team comprising of ANM, Asha Supar Vichar, Asha Karmi, MPW and Anganwadi workers has been extending a helping hand by conducting house-to-house monitoring at the field level. A quarantine committee has already been formed in the Biswanath, Bihali and Gohpur Legislative Assembly Constituencies of the district as per the government directives to inspect all the returnees. The district administration has issued instructions to form such quarantine committees in the tea gardens of the district.