300 air passengers escape mandatory COVID-19 test at Silchar Airport

A day after Assam Government announced a seven-days mandatory home quarantine for passengers arriving from other states, at least 300 air travellers allegedly violated COVID-19 protocol by escaping mandatory RT PCR test at the Silchar airport.

As per reports, the administration has made necessary arrangements for the passengers to undergo Covid-19 testing at a nearest hospital. A bus was arranged for the same, however, a total of 300 passengers skipped the testing and went their own way after reaching the testing centre.

A total of 690 passengers arrived at the airport, out of which 189 underwent Covid-19 testing, following which six were tested positive.

Reportedly, the Cachar district administration is mulling to take action against the violators and has gathered all the necessary information from the airport authorities to trace the passengers who have violated the Covid protocols.

The administration asserted that strict action will be initiated against them for breaching government guidelines.

Following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the state the Assam Government on Wednesday issued an order wherein people travelling to Assam from outside states will have to undergo a compulsory home quarantine for seven days, even if they tested negative for the virus.

“All passengers arriving by flights and trains from outside the state will have to undergo compulsorily home quarantine for seven days, even if the result of the COVID test undergone on arrival is negative,” the state government said in an order.

The order further stated that those government officials, those travelling for medical reasons and people visiting the state in connection with bereavements will be exempted from it.

Assam Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “For all people traveling to Assam a 7-day home quarantine is being mandatory, in addition to the testing. Government officials and those traveling for medical reasons, and people with bereavement cases shall be exempted.”

In an earlier notification the state government has made Covid testing mandatory for air and train passengers arriving in the state to undergo free Rapid Antigen Test followed by an RT-PCR test for Rs 500 even if the report of the RAT comes negative.

Meanwhile, state government has already announced that it will vaccinate all above 18 years of age for free against coronavirus in the third phase of the vaccination drive which will begin from May 1.

As on Tuesday, Assam reported 1,665 new COVID-19 cases, 297 discharges, and five deaths. The state currently has 9,048 active cases while the deaths has mounted to 1,150.

While addressing a press conference the health minister informed that in case, the daily case rate in Guwahati touches 1,000, the Kamrup Metropolitan district administration has been authorised to close educational institutions and hostels.

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