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    Assam to celebrate Durga Puja with COVID-19 protocols; CM Sarma

    This will be the second time that Durga Puja will be a low-key affair due to the Coronavirus pandemic looming over the country.

    Assam to celebrate Durga Puja with COVID-19 protocols; CM Sarma

    Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday announced that the much-awaited Duga Puja festival will be celebrated across the state adhering to all the COVID-19 protocols.

    This will be the second time that Durga Puja will be a low-key affair due to the Coronavirus pandemic looming over the country.

    However, this year the festival is slated to celebrate from October 11 till October 15, 2021. There was quite an uncertainty over the celebrations of the festival earlier, but the minister’s statement brought relief for everyone.

    Meanwhile, on Tuesday the state reported 471 new COVID-19 cases, according to the bulletin of National Health Mission.

     The number of daily fatalities due to the disease also registered a decline with nine deaths reported from the state.

    Jorhat and Morigaon districts reported two deaths each while one death each was recorded in Bishwanath, Dibrugarh, Hojai, Kamrup Metro and Lakhimpur.

    The current death rate is 0.96 per cent and the number of COVID-19 positive patients dying due to other causes is 1,347.

    The 471 new cases were detected from districts such as Kamrup Metro, Sonitpur, Sivasagar and Golaghat.

    Altogether 80,937 tests for coronavirus were conducted during the day, taking the total number of such examinations to 2,22,18,172.

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