The quarantine centre at Police Traning Centre (PTC) in Banderdewa under Papumpare district of Arunachal Pradesh
The quarantine centre at Police Traning Centre (PTC) in Banderdewa under Papumpare district of Arunachal Pradesh|EastMojo image
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Arunachal: COVID-19 quarantine rules being flouted at Banderdewa?

9 students discharged from Banderdewa quarantine facility in Arunachal Pradesh after testing negative, even though they didn’t finish their 14-day quarantine period

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Itanagar: In a change of events, nine students were allowed to go home from the COVID-19 quarantine facility at Banderdewa in Arunachal Pradesh’s Papumpare district after they tested negative on Thursday.

However, questions have been raised about the development, as the nine students (eight female and a male) were discharged from the quarantine facility, even though they didn't finish their 14 days’ quarantine period.

Of these nine students, few were stuck in Assam for more than 20 days amidst the first phase of lockdown and the rest reached the quarantine facility from different parts of Northeast India.

These nine students also belonged to the first batch to get the results of their swab samples done among the individuals staying at the quarantine centre at Police Traning Centre (PTC) in Banderdewa as of now.

While the samples were collected on Monday, Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) in Itanagar, which has the only COVID-19 testing lab in the state, took four days to give out the results of the first nine samples from the controversial quarantine facility.

The change came after chief minister Pema Khandu visited the facility on Tuesday with home minister Bamang Felix following it up on Thursday.

Meanwhile, of the nine students who reached home on Thursday, few were staying in a girls’ dormitory and sharing toilets with the students who returned from Kota, Rajasthan, staying in a different part of the building as of now.

Interestingly, the swab samples of the students were collected on Monday afternoon for the first time and later on the same night, more than 20 students reached Banderdewa from Rajasthan.

As it is a known fact that there is a high chance of the virus spreading through human fluids, so calls were made to the Capital Complex, deputy commissioner, however, those were unanswered.

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