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Districts with 100 positive cases in the last 10 days are asked to close elementary schools: Assam health minister

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Assam health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that those districts which have witnessed 100 positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 10 days’ deputy commissioners are asked to close elementary schools.

Arunachal Pradesh has made testing compulsory for all people entering the state.

Assam has around 4069 positive cases.

Sarma while talking to media persons on Saturday said that there is adequate stock of oxygen, Remdesivir. “We had some shortage of Vaccines however with replenished stocks we can continue comfortably for another 10 to 15 days.”

He said, “Kamrup, Kamrup (rural), Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Cachar and Sonitpur districts has had over 100 cases in the last 10 days and Deputy Commissioners are advised to close primary schools.”

Sarma said Assam has started doing one lakh test per day and 100 ambulances are added . “ Against the requirement of 40 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen we have a capacity of 240 MT. Last year we set up 19 oxygen units.”

The health minister said that the state has stock of 22,000 Remdesivir. “We have placed an order of one lakh doses and this will start coming in May. We have sufficient stocks for April.”

Stating that over 15 lakh people have received vaccines, he said, “Recently we got around 6.7 lakh vaccines. There was some shortage for a couple of days. However, with the arrival of fresh stocks we will be comfortably placed for next 10 to 15 days.”

Sarma said that Deputy commissioners are asked to organise camps and administer vaccines to teachers and faculty members.” Those organisations having around 100 staffs over 45 years may ask the health authorities to get vaccinated in their establishments.”

Assuring that there will be no lockdown or curtailments in near future, he said that most of the cases which are coming had a travel history and had travelled by railways or airways or their relatives. “In Assam we are still having the UK variant of the COVID-19 and the double mutant is not found.”

Asking Bihu organisers in Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Tinsukia and Tezpur to refrain from organising the “farewell event of Bihu”, he said, “There is need to check the same.”

During Bohag Bihu (agarain festival pavilions are made in month long festivals and at different places for couples of nights’ artists perform”. Some places organise programmes welcoming the festival in two to three nights where cultural functions take place.

In view of the rising daily Covid-19 cases in the country, Manipur government has imposed night curfew from 8pm to 4am with effect from Friday night.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu held two separate virtual meetings – first with legislators and the second with corporators, councilors and zilla parishad members – to take stock of the COVID 19 situation in the state and to get suggestions for the government to deal with it.

“Till Friday, we have vaccinated about 1.35 lakh people. Going by the rapid increase in COVID positive cases, we have to get more and more people vaccinated. Legislators, corporators, councilors and panchayat members need to encourage people to go for vaccination besides creating awareness,” he said.

“By Monday the government, through the department of Health and Family Welfare, will notify the guidelines to combat this second wave of coronavirus,” he informed.

All entry points to the state will be on vigil and testing will be made compulsory for all people entering the state. Also restrictions will be put on social gatherings and functions.

Several legislators and local body leaders urged the government to reduce the RT-PCR and RAT charges for the poor to get tested for the virus. Many also suggested that the vaccination be made available to people of all age groups. At present it is being offered only to people above 45 years of age.

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