Ajmer Sharif Returnees Worry Assam Govt After 5 Test COVID-19 Positive

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After Nizamuddin Markaz, the returnees from the Ajmer Sharif, which falls in the red zone of Rajasthan, has now become a cause of grave concern of the Assam government.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a Rajasthan-registered bus was sent with 42 people – 35 adult and 8 children – to Silchar in Barak Valley’s Cachar without seeking permission from the State government.

Sarma said that five persons travelling in the bus have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the State in the last 48 hours.

One of the first Ajmer Sharif Dargah returnees who tested positive for the deadly infection is notorious carjacker from Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district of Assam.

Sarma said several police cases are registered against the car lifter in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The car thief is undergoing treatment at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital.

The bus reached Assam on May 6th, 2020. The 42 passengers on board of the bus didn’t follow any social distancing protocols, the minister said.

The Barak Valley authorities are on high alert after four people who travelled in the Rajasthan bus tested positive for COVID-19 in Silchar.

The other passengers of the bus, its two drivers, and a conductor have been put under home quarantine.

11 areas in Cachar have been declared as containment zones, Sarma informed.

Following the incident, it has been decided that all persons coming from “red-zone states” to Assam will be placed under institutional quarantine until the government receives the results of their first swab sample.

Sarma said that all those returning from red zones will be put under compulsory institutional quarantine for at least three days even if they are asymptomatic.

The Assam government is also planning to introduce a daily quota system of how many people would be allowed to enter the State in the wake of the Ajmer Sharif incident.

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