The Assam government issued fresh guidelines for mandatory COVID-19 tests of all the air passengers arriving in any airports of the state.
"In partial modification of our earlier instructions, now all air passengers arriving in any airports of Assam will have to mandatorily undergo Covid 19 test (both RAT and RTPCR) excluding the transit passengers," tweeted health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today reviewed the preparations and took stock of the second COVID-19 wave with all the DCs, health officials, and other stakeholders via video conferencing.
Further, the CM said, "The Assam Model of COVID-19 management has borne fruit due to collective effort of the people, frontline workers, and admin. I have directed the DCs to expedite the vaccination process, ramp up medical infra and create massive awareness among the masses." Read more
With the upsurge in the demand for COVID-19 vaccines in Assam, the State Health and Family Welfare department has sought the immediate supply of 19 lakh vaccine doses from the Centre. Now it depends on the Centre as to when the vaccines will arrive in the State. Read more
The AASU (All Assam Students' Union) is worried over the fresh spike in COVID-19 positive cases in the State vis-à-vis the future of students. The leadership of the students' body feels that the fresh wave of the pandemic is bound to affect the students. Read more
The Centre on Monday granted approval to Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik-V for restricted use in India, as per sources within the drug regulator's office.
Developed by Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Sputnik V is the third COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) after Covishield and Covaxin.
The Russian jab has an efficacy rate of 91.6% and is carrying out its phase-3 clinical trials in Belarus, UAE, India, and Venezuela, according to Sputnik-V's website.
With the detection of 352 COVID-19 cases in Assam, as per the media bulletin on April 11 the total number of active cases stands at 1,902.
Currently, 73,329 COVID-19 tests are being conducted with a positivity rate of 0.48 percent. Notably, the maximum number of cases are being reported from Guwahati, which stands at 186.
Meanwhile, the Assam government has completed 75 lakh COVID-19 test as of April 11. Read more
The Dhubri district administration on Saturday imposed restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC across the district.
Further, the deputy commissioner has made wearing of face masks by all individuals in public, frequent usage of sanitisers, and practice at least two meters of social distancing.
Earlier, Section 144 was clamped in Sivasagar and Hailakandi districts as well.
With cases rising in the Kamrup district, the district administration has chalked out an action plan. Kamrup Metro DC Biswajit Pegu took an urgent meeting on April 9.
ACTION PLAN FOR COVID TESTING IN KAMRUP METRO FOR 10th APRIL
|SL. NO.||NAME OF BPHC||AREA||TEAM DEPLOYED|
|1||EAST ZONE||IOCL, FCI||5|
|2||SONAPUR BPHC||LLNIP, DIMORIA COLLEGE, BANHABGHAT BAZAR, DON BOSCO UNIVERSITY, SONAPUR BPHC, SONAPUR COLLEGE/HS||6|
|3||CAPITAL ZONE||CENTRAL JAIL,KALAKHETRA,ISBT||9|
|4||WEST ZONE||KAMAKHAYA TEMPLE, POLICE RESERVE||8|
|5||DHIRENPARA ZONE||4TH APBN, SATRIBARI NURSING COLLEGE, HAYAT HOSPITAL, EXCEL CARE HOSPITAL||5|
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi wrote- "Our vaccination programme has to move beyond an individual's picture on the vaccine certificate, towards guaranteeing maximum vaccination."
Gandhi also urged PM Modi to give states a greater say in procuring and giving vaccines. Read more
Meanwhile, the Assam government has released an SOP ahead of Rongali Bihu
Assam on Thursday reported 245 new COVID-19 cases and with this, the caseload has crossed 1,000-Mark.
Out of the new cases today, Guwahati, (Kamrup Metro) records the highest with 128 cases, followed by Dibrugarh at 26, Kamrup Rural at 12 cases, and Tinsukia at 10. A total of 22,888 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. Today's positivity rate is 1.07 per cent.
Assam Govt Issues 3 COVID-19 Protocol; Mandatory Test of Passengers from Karnataka & Maharastra
Assam Health and Finance minister Himahat Biswa Sarma said that the state government has issued new protocols for containing the COVID-19 pandemic in Assam.Read more
1. Passengers coming from Karnataka and Maharastra will have to do a mandatory COVID test in Assam even if they have conducted the test before coming to Assam. Read More
2. Every day one lakh COVID-19 tests will be conducted ahead of Bihu in Assam.
3. Doctors and Nurses in Assam have already taken the COVID-19 vaccine, hence there is no requirement for PPE kits for them. Further, there will be an adequate number of doctors and nurses compared to last year. Read more
With the majority of healthcare workers in India have already been completely vaccinated, the country now witnesses the second wave of the deadly virus.
In several states such as Punjab, Bihar and Maharashtra, the so-called "wedding season" has resulted in a series of super-spreader events.
Hundreds of people crammed in an air-conditioned hall in which people partied without masking or distancing during an ongoing pandemic, was always going to be an invitation for disaster.
Assam too is not far from the arrest of this virus as till April 7, the state recorded 195 new cases across the state out of which 104 had been detected from the district of Kamrup (M), as of 7th of April 2021. This metropolitan district of Assam has shown a sudden unexpected and steep rise in the cases which is very alarming, to say the least. Read more
Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal took his first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on April 8.
Taking to his Twitter handle the Chief Minister wrote, "Took my first shot of #COVID19 vaccine at GMCH. Vaccines are safe and will help us defeat this pandemic. I urge all eligible persons of the state to get vaccinated and continue following safety precautions." Read more
COVID: Prohibitory orders issued in Sivasagar
In pursuance of the national directives for COVID-19 management issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, and guidelines issued by Government of Assam for prevention and containment of COVID-19 in the State, the District Magistrate, Sivasagar, Bishnu Kamal Bora vide an order issued on Tuesday, has promulgated Section 144 CrPC, 1973 in the entire district. Read more
Containment Zone Declared in Hailakandi District of Assam
With the rising number of COVID-19 cases being reported from across the country, in Assam the Office of the District Magistrate in Hailakandi have declared- Nobin Sunapur under Algapur circle a containment zone. Read more
COVID-19 cases surge in one Tinsukia school
Surge in fresh COVID-19 cases in Tinsukia, particularly in schools, has created panic among the guardians. With two cases reported from the 'Guru Teg Bahadur Academy' located at Borguri, the number of positive cases spiked to 41 within a weak. Read more
Fresh COVID cases detected in Lakhimpur district
Two persons have been detected to be positive for coronavirus infection in Lakhimpur district. One of them is an inhabitant of New Delhi. He was detected to be positive while Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) was conducted to him at Lilabari Airport on Friday night. Another person is a pregnant woman under Boginadi Block Primary Health Center area. She was detected positive for the virus when she was admitted to hospital due to labour issue. Read more
48,908 people vaccinated in Sonitpur District
COVID-19 vaccination drive has been underway in Sonitpur District from January 16 along with rest of the country following the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Dr Biman Sarmah, District Immunization Officer said that a total of 48,908 people were vaccinated in Sonitpur District till April 2. Out of the total persons, as many as 38,869 people got shots of Covaxin while 10,039 people were jabbed with Covishield. Read more