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Assam: Government issues new SOP for children below 10 years entering the state

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Guwahati: The Assam Government issued a new SOP for passengers arriving in the state by air, trains and roads. 

According to the new SOP, mandatory COVID-19 testing of children below 10 years of age entering Assam with double vaccinated parents are exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 testing, an official notification said on Monday.

Fully vaccinated adults coming into the state were already exempted from compulsory testing for the infection through an earlier order.

The latest notification issued by Anurag Goel, principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare department, said, “Children below 10 years of age along with double vaccinated parent(s)/ guardian(s) coming to Assam are hereby exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 testing.”

“However, voluntary paid testing for such children shall be facilitated if the parents/ guardians so desire,” it added.

All incoming passengers who had been vaccinated with both doses of vaccine were exempted from mandatory testing on arrival by a previous notification.

The government had already exempted all incoming passengers vaccinated with both doses of vaccine from mandatory testing on arrival by a notification issued earlier.

But passengers who have taken single dose or are not vaccinated at all, or are symptomatic even after receiving both the doses have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing at their own cost on arrival.

The exemptions have been granted due to decreasing COVID-19 positivity in the state as well as the country and also increasing number of vaccinated people.

 

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