GUWAHATI, May 12 - Asserting that the State was entering a �decisive phase� in the war against COVID-19 as the train services resume, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said all those who return from red zones will be put under strict facility quarantine as it would not be possible to test the samples of each and every one.
The first train from Delhi carrying 1122 passengers will reach Assam tomorrow.
According to the Health Minister, majority of the passengers of the first train � 842 � will disembark in Dibrugarh and half of them are from Arunachal and they will be provided buses by the neighbouring state.
�It is not possible to test the samples of all. The Central government has also said tests should be conducted on only symptomatic people. The others will be put under strict facility quarantine by the DCs of the host districts,� Sarma said, insisting that if the government cannot test person, it can also not allow the returnee to mingle with the society.
The quarantine facilities are being set up at schools, colleges and other such buildings and the Minister admitted that their quality might not be at par with the standards of a middle class family.
�So, those who are returning must come with a resolve to bear this struggle during the quarantine period. The PHE department is setting up toilet facilities and drinking water systems in the facilities,� Sarma, who reviewed the preparedness with all DCs this evening, said.
Also, the houses of those returnees who will be adviced home quarantine, either before or after the tests, will transform virtually into �containment zones�. �No member of the family will be able to come out of the house for fourteen days. There will be a committee in the locality to monitor it,� the Health Minister said.
Once, the facilities arranged by the district administrations exhaust, arrangements to quarantine the returnees will be made at the legislative assembly constituencies with the help of the local MLA and district authorities.
The DCs have arranged buses to transport the people from the railway stations to the quarantine facilities after screening. Highly symptomatic people will be transported in ambulances from the railway stations.
Citing the reasons for the inability to test all the returnees, Sarma said the community surveillance programme launched in the State have detected around 7782 people with fever in 10,000 villages so far.
�We will have to test the samples of all these people as per protocol,� he said, adding that 15,000 villlages still remain to be covered.