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A total of 349 people who entered eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district by air or train from outside the State have been put into home quarantine.

Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner Bhaskar Pegu has revealed this.

He said three hospitals of the district—Coal India Hospital, Margherita, AOD Hospital, Digboi and Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi Civil Hospital, Tinsukia have been equipped as referral hospitals to deal with the cases of coronavirus.

The DC further said seven Rapid Response Teams have been constituted in the district with 35 dedicated centres for medical check-up along with 164 sub-centres with surveillance teams.

He  asked the health authorities to keep tea garden hospitals ready for isolation wards with minimum five beds.

“If the tea garden hospitals cannot provide isolation wards, then they will be able to acquire nearest unused buildings or schools for the purpose,” DC Pegu said.

Necessary instructions have been issued to the Health department to take all preventive measures to check spreading of the COVID-19 virus in the district, the DC added.

The Deputy Director of FCS and CA, Tinsukia was directed to take necessary steps to ensure that there was no shortage of essential commodities in the district.

The Assistant Labour Commissioner, Tinsukia was further directed to ensure that the regular supply of essential commodities among the tea garden labourers and the banks and ATMs are operated on a regular basis, he added.

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