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No plans for lockdown or curfew in Assam: Health Minister

Assam currently has 288.19 metric tonnes of oxygen available and an oxygen supply unit will be attempted to be established at each health centre of the state, Mr Sarma said while addressing a press conference here.

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Guwahati: Stating that there is no need of lockdown due to the prevailing COVID 19 situation in the state, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that the state has adequate oxygen supply to treat the COVID-19 infected patients in the state.

Assam currently has 288.19 metric tonnes of oxygen available and an oxygen supply unit will be attempted to be established at each health centre of the state, Mr Sarma said while addressing a press conference here.

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He said that the critical patients will be treated with Rendesivir.

“There are 12,000 vials of Rendesivir available in Assam. The government has ordered one lakh more vials to cope up with the second wave of COVID-19 in the state,” Mr Sarma informed.

Mr Sarma said that as a precautionary measure lower primary schools up to Class 5 to remain closed across Assam in districts with active cases less than 100 cases.

The districts include Kamrup (M), Dibrugarh, Kamrup (Rural), Tinsukia, Sonitpur and Cachar, among others.

While the decision to conduct board examinations will be made only after the new government comes to power.

The government has further directed the Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) and the Assam Higher Secondary Education Council (AHSEC) to talk with the parents and teachers on the same issue. They have also been asked to send their recommendation within 10 days.

Mr Sarma said that no new decision can be made as the state is under the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). As such, only the new government will decide on the issue of board exams.

All these decisions have been taken amid rising cases of COVID-19 in Assam with as many as 573 new cases reported on Friday. 113 patients in total were discharged from various hospitals in the state.

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