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Assam makes COVID-19 tests mandatory even for those vaccinated with both doses

Assam government had on Friday made COVID-19 tests mandatory even for those passengers entering Assam by train and flight who have received both the doses of vaccinations.

A notification issued by the state health and family welfare department mentioned that the step had become necessary after COVID positivity is observed even in some of the person(s) who have received two doses of vaccination in a few instances”

The State government had on June 25 exempting people who have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID vaccine from mandatory testing on arrival at airports or railway stations.

That notification has been “withdrawn” by another notification on Thursday.

At least seven districts in Assam still shows positivity rate higher than 10 per cent. Though there had not been any instances of the Delta Plus variant that is feared to be the probable reason behind the third wave if it comes, over 70 per cent of Assam’s samples sent to NIV taken between April-May has Delta variant, the cause behind the second wave. The present variant had apparently infected more children and teenagers than the first wave did.

According to experts, a fully vaccinated person may contract the disease, but the chances of their recovery get higher than those without vaccines. Also, a vaccinated person can be a carrier of the disease.

Assam has recorded a total of over 5.17 lakh cases of which, over 19 thousand cases are still active and 4,937 people have died so far.

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