Assam to lift all Covid restrictions from tomorrow; no mandatory testing at airports, railway stations


Guwahati: Amid a decline in daily coronavirus infections, the Himanta Biswa Sarma government in Assam has decided to lift all COVID-19 restrictions from February 15. The Assam CM announced that the ongoing night curfew will be completely withdrawn.

While announcing the decision to lift the OVID curbs from Tuesday, Sarma informed that the mandatory COVID-19 testing facilities at airports, railway stations and hospitals will be withdrawn.

The Assam chief minister announced the lifting of COVID restrictions on his Twitter account.

“GoA shall withdraw all COVID-19 compulsory testing facilities at airports, rly stations and hospitals wef Feb 15. Also, all restrictions incl night curfew, social-religious gatherings including other curbs shall stand withdrawn. Detailed notification on Feb 14,” Sarma tweeted.

The chief minister’s announcement came on a day when Assam recorded 79 fresh COVID cases on Sunday. The National Health Mission (NHM) informed that four more persons died due to the highly contagious virus, taking the total number of deaths of COVID-19 infected people to 7,952.

Assam’s COVID positivity rate increased to 0.83 per cent. The NHM in its bulletin further informed that the overall COVID caseload increased to 7,23,495 in Assam. The overall positivity rate stands at 2.56 per cent against total testing of 2,82,06,932 samples so far, the NHM said.

Kamrup Metropolitan district registered 45 fresh coronavirus infections, pushing the tally to 1,56,791.
In Lakhimpur, seven people were found to be infected with the contagious virus, while five in Nagaon and three in Dibrugarh.

The four fresh fatalities were recorded from Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Biswanath, and Nagaon districts.

Currently, Assam has a total of 2,499 active cases. The bulletin informed that 7,13,044 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered in the state.

A total of 4,24,92,613 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered so far, the NHM said.