Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on April 6 reiterated that Bihu will be celebrated with great enthusiasm and there is no need to worry for COVID-19.
Speaking to the reporters in Guwahati during the third and final phase of polling in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that just 50 to 60 cases are being reported on a daily basis.
“We just need to keep screening at the airports and railway stations. Whatever cases we are getting are found at the airport. So, there is no need to worry. COVID-19 situation in Assam is completely under control. So, we can celebrate Bihu with great enthusiasm about which I have already informed the respective deputy commissioners,” Sarma said.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also said that seats meant for the COVID-19 patients in the hospitals are lying vacant.
Earlier, the state health department has tightened the screening of passengers travelling to the state from outside in the wake of the rise of COVID-19 cases in some places of the country.
All air passengers from Mumbai and Bengaluru disembarking at any airport in Assam will mandatorily need to carry a COVID negative RT-PCR report, conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey. The test report should be verifiable using a QR code or otherwise, an order of the department said.
The airliners have been asked to allow boarding to only those passengers at Mumbai and Bengaluru who are carrying a negative RT-PCR report.