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COVID-19: Home quarantine period halved

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 25 - Another COVID-19 induced death was reported in the State today taking the overall death to 77. Ranjit Baidya (65) of Nagaon, who was admitted at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), succumbed to his infection.

The State�s COVID-19 tally has touched 31086 with 1,165 new cases.

With random testing for COVID-19 being intensified in Guwahati, the number of infections may soon witness a further upward curve. Till date, more than 13,000 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Guwahati.

Meanwhile, the State government has decided to reduce the home quarantine period after discharge from hospital from 14 days to 7 days. The order issued by Principal Secretary of the Department of Health to this effect also stated that henceforth the government shall not provide essential items worth Rs 2,000 except to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families, elderly people, ailing and to the specially challenged. �However, Deputy Commissioners were authorized to extend the benefit to other families too, like elderly, ailing, divyang, etc., if deemed necessary to mitigate hardship.

The State government has so far provided essential items worth Rs 2,000 each to 1.2 lakh families across the State. �The State government needs to optimally utilize the resources at its disposal for core activities of testing and treatment of COVID,� the order stated.

Earlier, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma inspected the preparedness of a 40-bed COVID-19 unit dedicated to women and children at the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital, which will soon be functional.

He also released the names of a number of plasma donors in social media and appreciated their effort in the fight against COVID-19.

Health department sources informed that the testing figure in the State is nearing the eight lakh mark. The State, since February this year, has set up 16 viral research and diagnostic laboratories, while some more such facilities are in the pipeline.

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