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    Restrictions to be imposed in Bihu functions, if COVID cases cross 300 mark

    UK variant of COVID-19 is lighter and affects the respiratory tract faster: Himanta Biswa Sarma

    Guwahati: Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in the worst COVID-hit districts, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a major announcement stated that the district administrations are been directed by the health department to restrict from conducting any kind of Bihu or other cultural programmes in the districts whenever there is 300 plus active cases.

    Speaking to the media in this regard, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday said, “As of now, there are no 300 plus cases in the state, apart from Guwahati. However, the Health Department has come to the point where it has been decided that if the COVID cases spike up to 300 and above in any districts, then-District Authorities will straightway restrict committees to organise Bihu or any other kind of events from now on.”

    Sarma also mentioned that the new UK variant of COVID-19, discovered in the state of Assam spreads a little faster in the human bodies compared to other variants.

    Any person can get affected by the virus very quickly, as it is air-borne, claimed Himanta.  

    “This new variant of COVID-19 is lighter and affects the respiratory tract faster. It can affect any person at the pre-symptomatic/asymptomatic stage, unlike the old COVID strain that affected slowly,” added Himanta Biswa Sarma.

    Himanta also informed that the mortality rate in the state is under check and the death figure in the state as of now is 2 to 5 cases per day.

    “As per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), there is no study as of now on whether the UK variant has emerged to be more deadly than the previous variant or not,” Himanta added further.

    Earlier, on Saturday, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that there is no detection of double COVID-19 mutant in the state like Maharashtra.

    Himanta also claimed that 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,” Himanta said while addressing a press conference in Guwahati.

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