Silchar, Apr 8 : Just days after Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that there is no COVID in the state and hence no need to wear mask now, the health and family welfare department is now seen to walk in contrary and tightening its rules related to COVID protocols.
Cachar District media expert and spokesperson of district health department, Sumon Choudhury on Thursday said that all air passengers from Mumbai and Bengaluru disembarking at Silchar airport will mandatorily need to carry a negative RT-PCR report, conducted within 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey.
Any passenger from these two cities who arrive without satisfactory RT-PCR test report will have to undergo paid COVID-19 testing at the airport and will wait in designated location/ hotel at his own expense till the test result is available. “If the test is positive, the passenger will have to shift to home isolation or hospital, according to the treatment protocol” the official said adding those who will test negative will be allowed to walk free.
Informing that seven COVID positive cases were reported on Thursday at Cachar, Choudhury said there is no proposal of implementing lockdown as of now and district administration is taking enough precautions to curb the rise of cases. “We are doing contact tracing of all the positive cases and whole health department staffs are kept in ready position” he added.