Assam: Covid surge mars Bhogali Bihu festivities


Guwahati: Assam continues to witness a rising trend in terms of Covid-19 cases that has led to cancellation of a number of festivals associated with Bhogali Bihu.

Among the key festivals which have been cancelled in the wake of the COVID surge are the Monikut festival of Hajo and the traditional buffalo fights held in Morigaon district of the State.  

The well-known Monikut festival stands cancelled after organisers decided against holding the event considering rising Covid cases.

While the very popular buffalo fight in Ahatguri has not been organized in view of the Supreme Court guidelines against holding of buffalo fights, organizers at another popular buffalo fight event at Baidabori, also in Morigaon district, have decided not to hold even a symbolic affair following the Covid surge since the festivals attract huge crowds, something that could risk a fresh Covid outbreak in the area.

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Meanwhile, Assam reported a total of 2,348 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the positivity rate to 7.80 percent.

The Kamrup Metropolitan district saw a total of 870 new cases, marking a slight dip  in comparison to previous days.

This brings Assam’s current active caseload to a total of 15,267.

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Five Covid related deaths were reported in the state.

On the other hand, 861 Covid patients were discharged in the state after attaining full recovery. This brings the recovery rate to 96.44 percent.

Meanwhile, strict checking and Covid testing are being carried out at the Srirampur check gate at Assam’s border with West Bengal.

Every person entering Assam from West Bengal is being made to undergo a mandatory Covid test.

Almost on a daily basis, several Covid positive cases are being detected at the inter-state border check gate.