Guwahati: Amid surge in COVID-19 cases, Assam government will announce a new set of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on Friday, which is expected to put restrictions on big gatherings and change in curfew timings.

UPDATE | Assam announces new COVID-19 SOP, restrictions. Details here

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is expected to announce the new set of rules on Friday, aimed at minimizing the spread of the virus.

At present, night curfew restrictions are on in Assam from 11:30 pm to 6 am the next day. Restrictions on public gatherings and mandatory use of masks are likely to be included in the new SOPs.

Meanwhile, Assam CM Sarma and health minister Keshab Mahanta met top officials of the state on Thursday to discuss the rising cases of COVID-19. On Thursday, Assam logged as many as 844 new COVID-19 cases out of total tests of 35,562 samples. 

Assam’s COVID-19 positivity rate on Thursday stood at 2.37%. 

Out of the new 844 COVID-19 cases, 369 were detected from in and around Guwahati city.

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