PASIGHAT, Mar 27: Altogether 340 persons who have returned to East Siang district from Covid-19 affected states or abroad after 14 March have been asked to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days.
Reiterating that no Covid-19 positive case has been detected in the state so far, DMO, Dr Kaling Dai, asked the people of the district not to panic but to cooperate with the authorities during the 21-day lockdown.
According to health department sources, four suspected Covid-19 cases were reported in the district but their swab samples returned negative results after tests.
The health department continues to take precautionary measures against Covid-19 in the district. The rapid response team constituted by the department is closely monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, reacting to a rumour which circulated recently on social media, claiming that a resident of Pasighat, who had returned from Chennai, was infected with Covid-19, the DMO termed it a “false and baseless claim.”
He said he has lodged an FIR at the police station here to initiate action against the “hoax messenger.”
“Every household that is quarantined will be pasted with a notice stating that the home is quarantined and unwanted visit to the house is restricted,” the DMO said in a release.
He said those who have been home-quarantined are not Covid-19 patients.
“They are enlisted as ‘suspect’, since they have returned from infected states,” the DMO clarified.
The district administration has set up a control room with the phone numbers 8794837994 (mobile) and 0368-2222253 (landline), and has urged the people to report any violation of the quarantine protocol in the district.
DC Kinny Singh has warned of legal action against those who circulate fake news or misinformation about coronavirus infection.