‘Self-declare or face charges’-THE HINDU-07-04-2020


A car being disinfected in Guwahati on Monday. Assam govt. The Assam government has set a deadline for the elusive Tablighi Jamaat attendees who have returned home to come for screening voluntarily or face charges under the Disaster Management Act. Of the 26 people who tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic, 25 have been associated with the jamaat’s event at Nizamuddin in Delhi last month.

“We have been appealing since the first Nizamuddin-linked positive case was detected in Assam. Various mosque committees have also coordinated with us and sent out appeals, but attendees are yet to come out for the mandatory screening,” State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday. He added that the elusive attendees have time till Monday midnight to self-care. The Centre, Mr Sarma said, had provided a list of 556 names of people from Assam who attended the Nizamuddin event while 275 more names were sourced locally.

Till Monday afternoon, 75,981 people were in quarantine in Assam, most of them at home. They will be allowed to move out of quarantine centres from April 10 in regulated batches after a health test the day before.

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