GUWAHATI, July 29 - The State Health Department has reduced the number of days of mandatory quarantine period for people coming to the State from outside. People coming from outside will henceforth have to spend 10 days in quarantine, including institutional or hotel quarantine and home quarantine. Earlier, the period of mandatory quarantine was 14 days.
The home quarantine for cured COVID-19 positive patients was also reduced from 14 days to seven days by the government last week.
Meanwhile, four more COVID-19 patients have lost their battle against the pandemic today � Bimal Paul (78) from Cachar, Hema Devi (77) from Tinsukia and Dr SAW Hussain (85) and Debari Karmakar (40) from Jorhat. The toll has reached 92 in the State.
Meanwhile, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited commercial hub Fancy Bazar here today, along with the Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner and held talks with the businessmen regarding COVID testing in the area.
�We had a meeting here with representatives of different trade organisations, like those dealing with motor vehicle parts, textiles, etc. We have set a target of testing all business owners and shop keepers for COVID-19 from August 1 to 10,� he said.
�If the tests are done, then we can proceed to opening shops on both sides of road. Else, we will have to stick to opening shops on one side on alternate days and which will not be beneficial for business,� he added.
The Minister sought the cooperation of the traders and their employees in getting themselves tested at the mobile testing centres to be set up in the Fancy Bazar lanes.
The overall COVID-19 count in the State has increased to 36,295 with detection of 1,348 new cases in the last 24 hours. Among the new cases, 348 were from Kamrup (Metro) district, and 127 were from its adjoining Kamrup district.
The number of recovered patients has increased to 27,832 with 1,214 discharged from different hospitals today.