Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that the state government has decided to allow inter-district travel for a period of three days subject to the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines.
Addressing a press conference held in Guwahati, the Assam Health minister said that from April 25 to April 27 people will be allowed to commute back to their respective places and the state government has taken the decision by following the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“The people who have their own vehicles stuck in different districts due to the novel coronavirus lockdown, they can apply for an e-pass with the respective district Deputy Commissioners. Patients will be allowed to visit government hospitals for treatment but they will also have to apply for e-passes,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
“From April 25, the inter-district movement will be felicitated for patients and the government will take strict action against those vehicles plying on roads with the e-passes issued for patients but without a patient on board,” the Assam Health minister said.
He further said that the Assam government will arrange few buses of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) for the window period for the people without any vehicles or means of transport.
“The buses will ply on designated routes and such people will have to call 104. Apart from it, migrant workers will also be allowed to commute within the three-day period and a maximum of 25 migrant workers will be allowed to travel in one truck or bus,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The Assam Health minister also said that the state has reported 34 positive cases of Covid-19 so far and 19 patients have been discharged from hospitals and one patient had died.
“No new Covid-19 positive case has been detected in the state in the past seven days,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
He also said that a total of 5,789 swab samples have been tested so far and 214 test results are awaited.