Guwahati: The Assam government in a recent order has announced to reduce the home quarantine period of COVID-19 recovered patients discharged from hospital to just seven days.
The people who recovered from COVID-19 in hospital and were discharged were earlier mandated to undergo a 14-day home quarantine before they could come out in public again.
The order issued by Assam government also stated that the government will from now on provide essential items worth Rs 2,000 during home quarantine to only the people living below the poverty line, elderly and specially abled.
Earlier, the state government used to provide essential commodities worth Rs 2,000 to anyone in Assam who was undergoing home quarantine after being discharged from hospital or after coming into the state from outside.
However, as per the new order, the deputy commissioners of individual districts have been authorised to extend the essential item supply benefits to families of the ailing, elderly or specially abled.
In these recent days, Assam has witnessed a massive spike in the number of coronavirus cases that has forced the state government to impose total lockdown in some districts to contain the situation and bring the number of cases under control.
The inter-district movement of people in Assam has also been banned from July 22 with a 2-day movement window provided on July 30 and 31 for people stranded in various parts of Assam. Guwahati too was under complete lockdown and the state government has relaxed the lockdown from July 19 till August 2, 2020.
The city witnessed a massive spike in the number of COVID-19 cases forcing the authorities to bring the biggest city of Northeast India to a complete halt by imposing a 3 week lockdown.