Guwahati: The much awaited Covid standard operating protocol (SOP) for the state will be out on Sunday. Though it was expected that the state disaster management authority (SDMA) would issue the SOP on Thursday, the previous restrictions were extended till further orders.
On Saturday, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “The fresh SOP would be issued on tomorrow (Sunday)”.
Though health department has submitted the current Covid status before the CM on Wednesday, the latter did not give a nod to issuing of fresh SOP yet. Sources in Dispur said that the CM wanted to observe the situation a little more before taking the call.
Sources claimed that Dispur has been worrying about situation in several districts like Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Sonitpur, Dibrugarh as well as Kamrup (metro).
Despite districts like Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur and Sonitpur were under total lockdown, numbers of cases continue to rise. Earlier, seven districts of Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Morigaon were put under total lockdown owing to the rising Covid cases there.
“In last 10 days, Golaghat recorded 2189 cases whereas Lakhimpur registered 1549 fresh cases. In Jorhat 1483 and in Sonitpur some 1275 fresh cases also detected in the period,” said National Health Mission (NHM) in its Covid bulletin on Friday.
Besides, some 1088 in Dibrugarh and 1019 cases in Sivasagar also recorded during the period raising the concerns of the CM and the health department.
However, situation in Biswanath, Goalpara and Morigaon showed signs of slight improvement.
An official said, “Since some districts are already under lockdown but still recorded high numbers of cases, discussions were held to contain the situation. Restrictions may go up in some places including Guwahati. Though Kamrup (metro) is still considered in a stable situation it may go south in no time.”
The Kamrup (metro) registered 2093 fresh cases in last 10 days. Though earlier chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that there was a possibility of more restrictions in the city only if daily cases go over 250.