Guwahati: The Assam government has said it will stop the mandatory testing for COVID-19 at airports, railway stations and hospitals. The order will come into effect from Tuesday.
But those with symptoms may opt for tests on a voluntary basis.
In an official order, Assam Health & Family Welfare Department said the COVID-19 positivity rate is gradually decreasing in the state. “Mandatory testing on arrival at airports, railway stations, road border points, etc., shall be discontinued. However, symptomatic patients are requested to test for COVID-19 for diagnostic purposes voluntarily, at any recognised testing facility,” the statement said.
In a similar manner, compulsory testing for any patient coming to hospitals for treatment will also be discontinued. The relaxations will come into force from Tuesday and will be reviewed with changing scenarios in future.
At present, strict containment measures, including screening of incoming passengers at airports, railway stations and road entry points, are being conducted in Assam to prevent the spread of the virus. Assam’s count of fresh COVID-19 cases dropped by over 54 per cent on Sunday with 79 people testing positive for the virus, while four more patients died due to the contagion.
The state’s caseload stood at 7,23,495 and the death toll was at 7,952.