Sunday, March 22, 2020

Covid-19 hand-seal at airports, stations of Assam

Dibrugarh: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said the process of hand-stamping of passengers — arriving from coronavirus-affected states — at airports and railway stations will begin from Monday.

Incoming passengers from such states will be stamped with indelible ink right below the knuckles which will mention the date until which the person should remain quarantined at home.

The stamp will read: “I volunteer to remain home quarantined for a period of 14 days.”

A visible stamp on people’s hand is to ensure their stay at home and help others notice if they venture out in public. Already airports in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi have started this process.

“The hand-stamping equipment has not arrived yet. We are hopeful that from Monday we can start the stamping process of incoming passengers from coronavirus-affected state, at the airports. Regarding international passengers, the Centre had already announced that no international flights will be allowed to land in India for a week from Sunday,” Sarma said during his visit to the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh, on Saturday.

He also appealed to the people to cooperate with the government and strictly follow the instructions to combat the novel coronavirus.
22/03/20 Avik Chakraborty/Telegraph
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