ITANAGAR, March 19 - In the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic across the country, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today appealed to citizens returning from affected areas, to take self-quarantine, even if one may test negative, for the safety of their loved ones back home.
�I would request all Arunachalis returning from COVID-19 affected areas to take self quarantine even if one may have tested negative. Please take all precautionary measure lest you would want to infect your loved ones with #Coronavirus. On home quarantine,� Khandu stated in a tweet.
�Let us keep Arunachal safe from Corona virus. Let us do it together,� Khandu added.
The Chief Minister also called upon the Arunachal residents stranded across the country due to the outbreak of COVID-19 to visit their nearest Resident Commissioner�s offices, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, for assistance.
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in India, many educational institutions and tourist facilities are getting closed in almost all States and as a result, large numbers of students and general public of Arunachal Pradesh have been left stranded without any assistance. Patients who have gone for treatment outside Arunachal Pradesh are also facing difficulties.
The State Government has directed that the Principal Resident Commissioner, New Delhi, all Deputy Resident Commissioners and Additional Resident Commissioners to set up a help desk-cum-facilitation centre in their respective Bhawans to assist Arunachal residents staying in other parts of India for their safety, security and accommodation. They were also urged to ensure safe return of all students, patients and general public to Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the State Health department has advised all asymptomatic students returning to Arunachal Pradesh from other States due to closure of their educational institutions to practise social distancing by home quarantine for a period of 14 days. Besides, the students have been urged to immediately contact the 24x7 control room or their nearest health centre if they develop any symptoms of fever, cough and breathing difficulties.