Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday said that the jumping of quarantine shall be treated as a non-bailable offense in Assam and cases will be registered against those found violating the norms.
"Seven days of facility quarantine and seven days of home quarantine. During the period of home quarantine, the entire household shall be put under home quarantine and no family member can leave the house. For the purpose of home quarantine, we will give the families an assistance of Rs 2,000 for food and other supplies. We have formed a committee at the village level and that committee will be responsible for looking after home quarantine. If someone does not follow quarantine and spreads the disease to the community, we will have to file cases against them", Sarma was quoted saying in Nagaon to media.
At Nagaon Civil Hospital today inaugurated an ICU facility to cater to #COVID19 patients.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 22, 2020
Hon Mins @keshab_mahanta @Pijush_hazarika and Hon MLAs were present.#IndiaFightsCoronavirus pic.twitter.com/BhnDXvQcNT
Sarma was in Nagaon to inaugurate an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Nagaon Civil Hospital amid increased pressure on the health machinery in view of the rampant spread of the coronavirus. The Minister said that that 20 ICUs will now be available at the Nagaon Civil Hospital. "Even after the Covid-19 is gone", Sarma said, "the people of Nagaon will continue to reap the benefits of these health facilities."
It is pertinent to mention here that Nagaon district has so far reported 3 cases of the coronavirus. The tally of cases is led by Kamrup (M), which has seen a sharp spike in the number of cases ever since the citizens who were stuck in other states started returning back to Assam. Overall, Assam has reported 230 cases of the coronavirus and 4 people infected with the deadly contagion have succumbed to death.
📌Alert ~ Eight cases of #COVID19 confirmed, as per details below— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 22, 2020
↗️1 patient who is at MMCH under quarantine
↗️1 patient of SMCH
↗️6 persons in Cachar with travel history; all in quarantine.
Total count 230; active cases are at 169.
Update 6.20 pm / May 22#AssamCovidCount pic.twitter.com/QOSBaMLyjh