No mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival for travellers in Assam from Mar 1

No mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival for travellers in Assam from Mar 1

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that the state has decided to discontinue mandatory coronavirus testing at railway stations, land routes and airports from March 1, 2021. Sarma stated that the decision has been taken as the number of COVID-19 cases is declining and the vaccination drive “is in full swing”.

Children below 10 years of age who don’t exhibit any coronavirus symptom, foreign dignitaries and diplomats of all embassies and diplomatic missions, officials of multilateral funding agencies like World Bank and Asian Development Bank, besides those from investigating, intelligence and security agencies and Income Tax Department on official visits to Assam were exempted from the mandatory testing in October.

The fresh relaxation comes as the number COVID-19 cases have been declining steadily in the state. The tally rose to 2,17,229 as 19 more people tested positive for the infection on Monday, while one new fatality pushed the death toll to 1,085, the National Health Mission (NHM) said.

The state has so far tested 65,86,636 samples for COVID-19 and the recovery rate is 98.73 per cent, it said.

The NHM further said that a total of 99,928 persons have so far received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine across the state.

Of the total vaccinated persons, 64 have developed minor side effects (adverse event following immunisation) due to the vaccine, it added.

News source : Free Pass Journal

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