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Assam Govt mulls to end home isolation in districts

Chances of covid outbreak are higher in the villages

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Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Tuesday said that the government is mulling to end the home isolation of COVID 19 infected patients in the districts as chances of the Covid outbreak are higher in the villages.

After reviewing the COVID 19 screening facility of incoming passengers at Srirampore in Assam- Bengal check gate, Sarma said that the district administration has been directed to gradually decrease home quarantine of positive patients as the chances of Covid outbreak in villages is potentially higher in case of home isolation.

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Sarma reviewed the data of incoming vehicles at the inter-state checkpoint and directed the district administration and health department to ensure mandatory Covid testing and strict isolation of positive cases while discouraging home isolation.

He also said that the government is planning to set up an oxygen plant in every district hospital to meet future oxygen demand.

During the review, Sarma directed the Kokrajhar district administration to increase testing and conduct 20% RTPCR of all Covid tests.

The Chief Minister said that while 1.20 lakh Covid tests were conducted in the state on Monday, daily Covid cases hovered around six thousand.

He informed that the State government continued its efforts to ramp up health infrastructure including adding more ICU beds, increasing oxygen availability etc.

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