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    “All educational institutes in Guwahati will be closed if registers 1K cases daily”: Himanta Biswa Sarma

    If the situation doesn't improve then the state government may postpone board exams

    GUWAHATI: All educational institutes in Guwahati city will be shut down if the city starts to register 1000 cases daily, said Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday. The city recorded 742 fresh cases on Tuesday and currently has some 3267 active cases.

    The state government has already shut down primary schools in all those districts where Covid19 cases have seen a rising trend and gone up over 100 cases. There were at least 16 such districts in Assam where cases were rising sharply.

    Sarma said, “It’s decided that the Kamrup (metro) district administration will close down all educational institutes from university to colleges and hostels if the city registers 1000 Covid positive cases daily.”

    He added that to accelerate testing facilities, the health department will set up Covid screening centres in every ward of the city. Currently, some 31 covid screening centres were operating. “There will be 30 more screening centres which will be open for public till 9 pm daily,” he added.

    The health department was also planning to set up a temporary Covid hospital with 100 ICU beds at the Khanapara playground here to accommodate more patients.

    A seven-day home quarantine was also made mandatory for all incoming passengers in the state. However, government officials and those traveling for medical reasons, and people with bereavement cases shall be exempted.

    The minister added that the state government has not yet decided on suspending the high school leaving certificate (HSLC) exam.

    He said, “We are monitoring the situation closely and the decision will be taken after May 2 by the next government. If the situation doesn’t improve then we may need to postpone the exams.”

    Students across the state were demanding to postpone the HSLC exam in view of the Covid 19 situation in the state.

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