The Assam government has taken an initiative to build a massive quarantine centre to keep the coronavirus patients, tweeted state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The move comes after the centre ordered the states to keep some hospitals only to quarantine and attend to people infected with coronavirus.
“A large quarantine centre will be established at the Sarusojai Sports Complex, Guwahati with capacity for about 700 people. This morning visited the site to take stock of preparedness and the facility. It shall be ready in a week’s time,” Mr Sarma tweeted.
Mr Sharma shared some pictures on his official twitter handle where the workers are seen tying ropes to wooden beams under a tall U-shape shed that looks like an aircraft hanger. The government will rent an apartment complex nearby where at least 200 doctors can stay. The government is ready to provide more doctors at the work if needed.
Presently, the country is under a 21-day lockdown to stop the highly infectious Novel Coronavirus from spreading. All the trains, buses, flights are closed all over the country to combat the virus. However, Assam has reported no cases related to the virus.
“This is 200-bed hospital and we have now designated it exclusively for dedicated treatment of coronavirus positive patients and we feel we are ready with this facility,” Kamrup deputy commissioner Biswajit Pegu said.
Assam has taken strict actions to stop spreading the virus. All the people entering the state from other states are being stamped and made to undergo home quarantine for 14 days. Police said, if any one found on the streets or in any public place before completing the 14-day home quarantine will be charged. Manipur and Mizoram have recorded positive cases. The authorities are closely observing the inter-state borders as they are easy to cross.