The Assam government has decided to reduce the home quarantine period even as the Covid-19 positive cases are on the rise. According to the government order issued by the state health department, the period of home quarantine has been reduced from 14 days to 7 days.
Assam Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted “With the evolving situation, Assam government has decided to reduce the home quarantine period after discharge from hospital to 7 days.”
On the other hand, the state government has also decided that it will only provide essential items worth Rs 2,000 to the quarantined families living under Below Poverty Line (BPL).
“Deputy Commissioners are authorised to extend this benefit to other families like elderly, ailing, divyang etc, if deemed necessary to mitigate hardship,” said the state government.
Earlier, the state government had provided essential items worth Rs 2,000 to each quarantined family in the state, and over 1.12 lakh families in Assam have benefited so far.
Cases near 30,000
Meanwhile, the number of Coved-19 positive cases in the state has almost reached the 30,000-mark. The state tally currently stands at 29,921.
The state has registered 1130 positive cases for the deadly virus in the past 24 hours. Out of the new cases, at least 417 cases have reported from Guwahati city and 104 cases from Cachar district. Six more patients have died due to coronavirus in the state in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 76.
Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “1,130 new Covid cases detected in Assam; 417 in Guwahati, Cachar 104. Out of 16,178 samples in the last 24 hrs, we recorded low positivity rate of 6.98 per cent. Total cases – 29,921, recovered – 20,699, active cases – 9,143 and deaths – 76.”