Covid-19 in Assam: Single-day spike of 46 cases puts Himanta Biswa Sarma on edge | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI: Assam’s Covid-19 count sprinted to 256 on Friday from overnight count of 210 following the highest single-day spike of 46 positive cases, sending health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma dashing to ramp up quarantine capacity by distributing the 14 days period between institutional facilities and homes and raise treatment capacity by adding new facilities.
The health department will also keep a close watch on every individual sent for home quarantine after completing his seven days institutional quarantine period.
Sarma said, “If someone doesn’t follow home and institutional quarantine and wants to spread the disease, we will have to file criminal case of non-bailable offence against them.”
He stated that one has to strictly observe seven days of facility quarantine and seven days of home quarantine. During the period of home quarantine, the entire household will be put under home quarantine and no family member can leave the house.
“Everyone coming from outside the state by road, rail and air has stay seven days in institutional quarantine facility quarantine and next seven days in home quarantine. The person will be allowed to go on home quarantine only after his test results come and is negative. During the period of home quarantine, the entire household will be put under home quarantine and no family member can leave the house,” Sarma said.
Earlier when the inflow of people was minimal, everyone was put in institutional quarantine for the entire 14 days.
The health department has also changed the protocol for quarantining people coming by road belonging to five districts (Nagaon, Kamrup, West karbi Anglong and Golaghat) in central Assam zone at Sarusajai quarantine centre in Guawahati
. From Saturday they will be quarantined in their respective districts.
“Since the airlines are resuming operations from May 25, the number of people arriving in Guwahati will increase so from tomorrow we are not quarantining people coming by road at Guwahati but sending them to their respective districts,” Sarma said.
Sarma on Friday inaugurated an intensive care unit (ICU) facility at Nagaon civil hospital on Friday to cater to the extra numbers of Covid-19 patients. It is expected that the ICU facility will give much-needed impetus to the hospital infrastructure.
“From now on 20 ICU beds work will start functioning. By next month there will be 10 ventilators and 10-beded step down ICU unit. Next year, we will start building Nagaon medical college my target is to start its functioning by August, 2021,” Sarma said.

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