Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the state government will adopt a ruthless quarantine policy to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addressing a press meet in Guwahati, Sarma said, “Everyone who is coming from outside must be under quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine will be ruthless but with a human heart. No one will be spared.”

Sarma stated that criminal case would be filed if a person is found skipping mandatory quarantine. However, the government will provide all possible help to the people in quarantine—both facility and home.

He mentioned that the state government has allowed the deputy commissioners (DC) to spend maximum Rs. 2500 for each person per day under facility quarantine. DCs have been allowed to spend maximum Rs. 500 for food every day. Maximum Rs. 2000 would be spend for hotel room rent. However, a family will be considered as an individual.

Considerable amount will be borne by the Assam Government for the people under home quarantine.

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