Assam Government issues Covid-19 SOPs ahead of Festivals

Amid the spike in Covid-19 cases in the country, Assam Government has stepped up its measures to contain the spread of the deadly virus ahead of the upcoming festivals.

In an order issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 with special focus on the core principles of Covid-19 management, namely testing, tracing and treating, the health department has set a guidelines in the wake of the second wave of Covid-19.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while urging the people to follow the said guidelines, tweeted, “In view of fresh spike in COVID19 cases across many states, Assam has geared up its Covid management strategies and taking up need-based steps to contain spread of the disease. Please see attached Covid SOP for Bihu & other festivals & adhere to these.”

At a time when the Central Government has speed up its measures against the deadly virus, Sarma was recently slammed for his comments in an interview where he said that there is no need of wearing a mask, as there is no coronavirus in Assam.

He also said that it would create unnecessary panic among the people and it was high time to revive the economy, which has suffered due to Covid-19 induced lockdown last year. He further asserted that he will let the people know when to take measures and that Bihu will be celebrated in a grand way and he is confident that nothing will happen.

Meanwhile, while addressing the media on Thursday, Sarma has ruled out the possibility of imposing lockdown or night curfew in the State. The Minister said the State Government will issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to celebrate the upcoming Rongali Bihu festival in the State.

He also asserted that the state has undertaken three protocols to curb pandemic.

The passengers coming from Maharashtra and Karnataka will have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing, even if they have been tested before boarding the train/plane.

One lakh testing to be completed ahead of Rongali Bihu so that the positive cases can be traced and isolated.

Urging the public not to panic the Minister further asserted that the state is in a far better position as the majority of doctors, nurses and health workers have been vaccinated and thus they can serve people better. While informing that the issue of shortage of oxygen cylinders has been solved, he appealed the public to remain alert and to get tested if one experiences any symptoms.

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