Guwahati: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday stated that there is no detection of double COVID-19 mutant in the state like Maharashtra.
However, the state has detected the ‘UK variant’ of COVID 19 from the people with travel history.
Speaking on the matter further, Sarma informed the media saying, “UK variant of the COVID-19 virus spreads faster than the other known variants. It is lighter and air-borne, as claimed by the researchers. People with travel history are more likely to carry this virus; hence, People coming to Assam will have to mandatorily undergo COVID tests at the airports. We will not be accepting any neutral certificates for COVID-19 from now on,” said Himanta.
Himanta also appealed before the passengers arriving in Assam to opt for self-isolation until and unless they get their negative RT-PCR report.
The minister also clarified that the Government of Assam is not going for any lockdown or night curfew as of now; however, going through the present situation in the nation, the health department of Assam has authorised the district administrations to remain alert on the situation.
Himanta also claimed that COVID cases are witnessed more in districts where industrial and trading centres are more in numbers.
“Cities including Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and few of the towns in the state have been reported with maximum COVID cases after April 3 onwards,” added Himanta.
“As per our latest data, presently the COVID cases are being reported only at the places where there are airports and railway stations. We are well prepared to handle the situation as of now, but, if people staying outside Assam comes back to the state likewise previous year might topple the situation. So far only people with a travel history are being infected with the virus. There are no indigenous Covid cases in Assam,” Himanta claimed further.
It may also be mentioned that the worst COVID-hit districts of Assam are Kamup (M), Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Jorhat, Cachar, Tinsukia, Sonitpur, Kamrup Rural.