MANGALDAI, May 23 - In Darrang, 82 returnees who were kept in institutional quarantine after their arrival by train have been allowed to go home after all of them tested negative on Friday. However, they were advised to observe 14 days of home quarantine along with their families as per Health department protocol.
The total number of returnees by trains has gone up to 447 with the entry of 20 new passengers on Friday. They have been kept in several makeshift quarantine centres and hotels.
Darrang Deputy Commissioner Dilip Kumar Borah has urged the people of the Muslim community to refrain from community prayers on the occasion of Id. In this connection, he convened a meeting of Islamic religious leaders on Thursday and sought their cooperation.
On Wednesday, while interacting with the media for the first time after assuming office as the new Deputy Commissioner, Borah expressed apprehension of running short of essential goods, especially beds for quarantine centres. Through the media, he appealed to the public to extend help by donating their additional single-size beds for use in quarantine centres. “We all know Fancy Bazar to be the business hub of the State, especially for a district like Darrang, and now the place has been declared as a containment zone. This has affected the supply of beds to our quarantine centres. I appeal to the people to donate such additional beds to the district administration,” Borah said. “One bed will cater to the need of three different persons in three different phases,” he maintained.
Stressing the need of stabilising the local economy through smooth implementation of government schemes like MGNREGA, flood control, road construction, etc., he said the chain of money flow from government accounts to farmers, marginal labourers and small entrepreneurs only can boost the economy.
The Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioners Navajyoti Oja and Kalpana Deka, District Public Relations Officer Manimala Gogoi and Joint Director of Health Services Dr Ruplal Nunisa also discussed several issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.