With an inmate of the Guwahati Central Jail testing positive for COVID-19, the district authorities on Friday have sealed the complex with immediate effect to contain the spread of the virus.
Issuing the order, Kamrup Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu declared the entire jail premises as “containment zone” after detecting the first jail inmate to have tested coronavirus positive in Assam.
“In view of the detection of a COVID-19 positive patient at Central Jail in Guwahati city, in the interest of maintenance of public hygiene and to prevent further spread of COVID-19 virus in the said area, the Central Jail area is declared as a Containment Zone,” the order said.
Pegu directed the circle officer of Dispur revenue circle to seal the entire area immediately.
The order mentioned that any unauthorized entry or exit and movement of any vehicle have been barred until the area is declared safe as per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
An official, who did not wish to be named, said that the person who had tested COVID-19 in the jail had been arrested on charges of theft. He was brought in with six other persons on June 1 after a local court sent them to judicial custody. — PTI