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New COVID-19 SOP in Assam tonight

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Guwahati:  A new SOP is expected late on Thursday with COVID-19 cases showing an uptick in Assam.

Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma is chairing a high-level meeting with senior health and disaster management officials in Guwahati on Thursday night.

“The meeting to be chaired by the chief minister will decide on new restrictions that are likely to come into effect following a surge in Covid positive cases in the state,” Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said.

On Wednesday, Assam saw a steep rise in Covid cases with 591 people tested positive of which two have been confirmed with the Omicron variant. The positivity rate was pegged at 1.72 percent.

“We might have to forward the night curfew timings, look into the primary level schools, and enforce using of masks to deal with the situation,” the health minister said.

The health minister on Thursday reviewed the healthcare facilities at the COVID care centre in Sarusajai Stadium which has been reopened following the surge in positive cases.

“The Sarusajai hospital will attend to incoming air and rail passengers who are tested positive,” the minister said.

There are 100 ICU and 430 general beds at the Sarusajai Covid care centre.

“We have 1500 beds at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital and if required we can ramp up the facilities as and when required,” Mahanta said.

“As of now, 95% beds reserved for Covid patients are vacant in Assam,” the minister said.

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