Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma along with top officials of the state government take part in a video conference | Image courtesy: CMO

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has asked the deputy commissioners of the state to back their COVID testing policy with aggressive vaccination strategy to sustain the decline of positive cases in the state.

The positive cases in the state showed gradual decline in the last several days. In this backdrop, Sarma during a video conference with the DCs and SPs asked them not to lower their guard and maintain strict adherence to several restrictions to sustain the downslide of the positive cases.

The CM, however, observed that since the positive cases are slowly drifting towards smaller towns, municipal areas and rural areas, there must be concerted efforts on the part of the DCs to do the vulnerability mapping based on the positive cases in block areas.

The DCs thereafter must earmark priority vaccine areas to bring people strictly from the rural areas under vaccination coverage. This strategy will help the districts to reverse the spread of the pandemic to rural and tea garden areas.

He also asked the deputy commissioners to achieve total saturation in vaccinating the people in their respective districts. He also asked them to prepare district specific strategies to achieve 100 percent inoculation as he assured them with adequate supply of vaccine doses in the coming days.

The CM asked the DCs and SPs to completely enforce the restrictions including curfew and inter-district movements to further reduce the positivity rate in their districts. He also asked the DCs of the districts where restrictions have been relaxed following dip in positive cases, to promulgate Section 144 to prevent assembly of people and take steps so that relaxation in the districts is not misused.

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