Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced on Twitter that recent samples from Dibrugarh Airport have tested positive for B.1.617 strain or the Indian double mutant (L452R and E484Q) strain of SARS-Cov-2.

“We need to be very very careful,” he said.

Sarma’s tweet stands in stark contrast from his stance earlier on April 6, when in a conversation with The Lallantop, he had said, “The Centre might give its directives but in the context of Assam, as on date, Covid is almost non-existent. So, why this need to create panic among people?”

When people criticised him for his statement, Sarma took a defiant stance and said, “Those who are making fun on my statement on mask, must come to Assam and see how we have contained COVID-19 in compare to the states like Delhi, Kerala, and Maharashtra along with impressive recovery of our economy. We will celebrate Bihu also with the same enthusiasm this year.”

However, Sarma’s claims were far from true and his recent Tweet is an example that the COVID-19 situation is now worsening in the state. The state now has over 6,300 active cases. On April 5, the number of active cases was only 515.

Bihu celebrations were also curtailed due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The state has also reported shortage of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines in the state’s Tinsukia and Jorhat districts.

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