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All teachers from Primary to University level in Assam to Undergo COVID-19 test

The health department has restricted devotees from gathering in large numbers at the Namghars of the state while offering ‘Nam Kirtans’

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Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing media at Janata Bhawan, Dispur
Himanta Biswa Sarma

GUWAHATI: All teachers in Assam have to undergo a mandatory COVID 19 test before resuming their duties from September 1, said Assam health and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday.

The minister said that teachers from primary to university level will test themselves for COVID-19 from August 21 to August 30.

“This is for the greater interests and safety of the students. All the employees associated with the education sector shall be compulsorily tested for the COVID-19 for the well-being of the students,” Sarma said.

He added that the teachers would have to attend their workplaces mandatorily from September 1. Failing of which will be regarded as leave without pay, Sarma said.

However, the minister informed that the decision of reopening of the educational institutions would be taken by the Centre. He said that since the COVID 19 situation has been a concern under national disaster, the state government would wait for the Centre’s direction before taking any decision.

Meanwhile, the health department has also restricted devotees of Srimanta Sankardeva from gathering in large numbers at the Namghars of the state while offering ‘Nam Kirtans’. “Since its Bhado Mah (an Assamese calendar month) and devotees would offer their prayers in the Namghars, therefore I would like to request that no gathering of more than 15 people in the Namghars is allowed owing to the COVID 19 situation,” the minister said.

Assam’s COVID19 count reached 79667 on Tuesday following the detection of some 2792 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. At least 197 patients have died so far.