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GUWAHATI: Assam will have “minimal” Republic Day celebrations come January 26, with pre and post-Republic Day celebrations prohibited in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state of late.

“There shall be no involvement of school children in the ceremonial parade or march past. Only trained police, security personnel and homeguards, who are fully vaccinated, shall be allowed to participate in the ceremonial parade and march past,” a special directive by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority on Friday, said.

The Republic Day programme will be limited to National Flag hoisting, speech by the guest of honour and ceremonial parade only.

“Other activities like cultural programmes, prize/award distribution are to be avoided,” the order issued by chief secretary Jishnu Barua, in the interest of containment of COVID-19 in the state, read.

“The gathering for Republic Day programme may be limited to a maximum of 1000 for state-level function in Kamrup (Metro) district, 500 for district-level function and 200 for any other level,” the directive stated

Picnics banned

The Kamrup district disaster management authority, meanwhile, has banned picnics in spots such as Ukiam, Kulsi, Chandubi, Baregaon, Rani Khamar, Kopili, Kedar, Dirgheswari, Madan Kamdev, Malang Sildubi (Houhuwapara) and any other picnic places/spots to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in the district.

The order, issued by Kamrup deputy commissioner Kailash Karthik, who is also the chairman of the district disaster management authority, comes into effect from Friday.

Meanwhile, Assam on Friday recorded 6,897 new COVID-19 cases and a positivity rate of 12.13%, taking thetotal number of active cases in the state to 45,021.

Kamrup Metropolitan district, of which Guwahati city is a part, again recorded the highest number of new COVID-19 cases at 1,561, followed by 385 new cases in Dibrugarh, 377 in Jorhat and 340 in Kamrup Rural.

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