Relaxations in inter-district movement in Assam have been announced from August 3 even as the state worked towards increased testing for COVID-19 to ensure tracing and isolation of all COVID-19 patients to prevent community spread of the virus as the overall tally crossed 40,000 in the state.
State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed in Guwahati on August 1 that inter-district movement of individuals, which had been banned since last fortnight, will be allowed on Mondays and Tuesdays, until further orders.
Moreover, 100% attendance in offices is likely from Monday, he said, adding that the chief secretary shall be issuing the detailed notification. However, as precautionary steps, 12-hour night curfew and weekend lockdown in all urban areas of the state shall remain in force, the minister added.
He further said in line with the state government’s emphasis on maximum testing for early detection of COVID-19, 50,000 tests have been targeted on August 4, with the daily testing numbers increasing gradually.
“More tests will lead to more detection and it will in turn contain the spread of the disease to a level. For this, the cooperation of the public is a must,” he added.
In case of Guwahati, he informed that per day testing in the city has increased from 2,112 on July 1 to 6,240 on July 31, with the positivity rate in the city dropping from 33.5% on July 4 to 4.5% on July 31.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 tally in the state has breached 40,000, while the number of recovered patients has also gone past 30,000 in the last 24 hours.