District authorities in Assam have been instructed by the State Government to paste posters outside the residences of COVID-19 positive patients.
The step has been taken by the Assam Government to “protect the community at large from further spread of the COVID-19 virus”.
“…there have been reports that some COVID positive persons do not observe COVID appropriate behaviour and end up spreading the infection among the uninfected persons who come in their contact,” read an official order signed by Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah.
“Therefore, it is necessary to put an identify mark, on places where such persons are self-isolated or quarantined, for the larger benefit of community,” the order added.
It, however, stated that pasting of posters outside the residences of COVID-19 positive persons “will be done only if such a residence is used by the COVID-19 positive person for self-isolation or quarantine purpose and such posters shall be removed as soon as such person/persons turn COVID-19 negative”.
The order also stated that there has been a “significant surge of COVID-19 cases across the State” in the last few days.
“…stricter measures are required to contain the spread of the virus,” the order added.
Notably, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday expressed hope that surge in cases will start declining within a fortnight.
Assam’s COVID-19 situation continues to be grim with high number of new cases and related deaths being reported on a daily basis since April.