Assam Issues New Curbs Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases; No Physical Classes In Schools Till Jan 30. Details HERE

There has been a continuous  increase in COVID-19 infections in Assam in the last few days. However, despite a rise in infections, the Chief Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said there is no possibility of total lockdown in the state. 

Updated: January 7, 2022 4:55 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Sanstuti Nath

Night curfew, lockdown, Coronavirus, Covid-19, Omicron Variant
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Guwahati:  Amid the rising COVID-19 cases in Assam, the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma-led government of Friday changed the timing of night curfew from 10 pm to 6 am. Under state government’s new COVID guidelines, only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to enter public spaces like hotels, restaurants, government offices, shopping malls, multiplexes. The revised guidelines will come into effect from 6 am on Saturday. 

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Addressing media on Friday, the Chief Minister announced that all schools up to Class VIII in Kamrup-Metropolitan district and up to Class V in all other districts will remain closed from January 8. “No physical classes are allowed till January 30,” said Sarma.

Further, the state government allowed restaurants to operate at 100 per cent seating capacity with only fully vaccinated persons. However, no standing customer will be allowed in restaurants, the Chief Minister said.

Under the new guidelines, all people who received only single dose of COVID vaccine or are non-vaccination will go under compulsory COVID test at airports and railway stations in the state. The order includes all under 15 years of age as well.

Speaking on the number of hospital beds, Sarma said, “Assam is in a good condition. We have over 8700 beds with 2633 oxygen beds, and 1000 ICU beds for COVID patients. By the time COVID peaks, we will have 25,000 hospital beds.”

There has been a continuous  increase in COVID-19 infections in Assam in the last few days. However, despite a rise in infections, the Chief Minister on Thursday said there is no possibility of total lockdown in the state. 

An analysis by IANS of the Assam Health Department’s reports said that the daily positivity rate rose from 0.77 per cent rose to 2.37 per cent in the past one week.

Out of Assam’s 34 districts, rise of Covid cases are maximum in four districts with Kamrup (Metro) district (where the main city of Guwahati and capital Dispur falls) reporting 369 active cases on Thursday followed by 57 in Jorhat, 52 in Kamrup (Rural) and 50 in Darrang district.

After Manipur (one case) and Meghalaya (five cases), Assam also reported its first Omicron case on Wednesday after a man, who returned from Saudi Arabia, tested positive for the new variant of Covid-19.

Health officials claimed that, notwithstanding rising Covid positive cases, the number of patients requiring hospitalisation has not gone up proportionally. According to the officials, only five per cent of the Covid beds in the state were occupied by the patients.

Sarma, after holding a review meeting with the officials on Thursday, ruled outa lockdown in the state.

However, he asked the district administrations and the health officials to maintain strict measures including preventing the gatherings and adhering to the Covid protocols.

(With Inputs from ANI, IANS)

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Published Date: January 7, 2022 4:30 PM IST

Updated Date: January 7, 2022 4:55 PM IST