ITANAGAR, May 9 - The Arunachal Pradesh Government has made institutional quarantine mandatory for people returning from outside the State. RT-PCR testing has also been made compulsory for all returnees. A decision to this effect was taken by the State Cabinet here on Friday.
�To keep our Arunachal safe from #coronavirus, we have made COVID-19 test 100% mandatory for every person entering the state. Even asymptomatic ones have to undergo test,� Chief Minister Pema Khandu said in a tweet.
�We have decided to segregate the returnees on the basis of the zones (Green, Orange and Red) they come from and make arrangements accordingly. Those sneaking into the State through non-designated routes by not following the standard operating procedures and without informing the administration will be strictly dealt with as per law,� Home Minister Bamang Felix told reporters today.
The Cabinet also resolved that evacuation of stranded people from other North Eastern States should be completed by May 14, he said.
Felix, who is also the government spokesperson, said that the Cabinet decided that the BPL Housing Complex at Lekhi village near here would be converted into a State quarantine facility within 10 days. The housing complex has 590 vacant units with separate toilet and bathroom facilities. Education Minister Taba Tedir has been entrusted with overseeing the implementation of the Cabinet decision.
On certain bottlenecks at the quarantine facility at the Police Training Centre, Banderdewa, the Cabinet decided to appoint Papum Pare DC Pige Ligu as the in-charge of the quarantine centre. He will be assisted by the SP of Papum Pare.
The Cabinet also decided that the DC, Itanagar Capital Region, would increase the number of paid quarantine facilities in the capital region. All arrangements with regard to hygiene, security and welfare of the quarantined persons in such paid quarantine facilities will be supervised and regulated by the DC and the SP of the capital region.