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Jumping Quarantine a Non-Bailable Offense in Assam, Says Himanta Biswa Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma made the announcement in Nagaon where he had gone to inaugurate an ICU at the Nagaon Civil Hospital

Himanta Biswa SarmaHimanta Biswa Sarma inaugurates an ICU at Nagaon Civil Hospital

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 May 2020 1:07 PM GMT

Guwahati:

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.

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.

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