Guwahati: Schools for classes 1-5 will remain closed in Assam districts that have recorded more than 100 active COVID-19 cases, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.

Also posting updates on Twitter, Sarma wrote: “I urge citizens to rest assured as Assam Govt is geared up to meet the emerging situations. We’ve 4440 Covid beds available (ICU 278, ICU+ ventilator 143) out of which 811 are occupied. We also have stock of 607090 doses of Covid vaccines.”

At present eight districts of the state, including Kamrup metro, Kamrup rural, Dibrugarh, Nagaon, Sonitpur, Cachar, Jorhat and Tinisukia have reported more than 100 active Covid-19 cases.

Speaking at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the health minister said schools and classes will remain unaffected in districts that have reported less than 100 active cases.

Meanwhile, in view of a rapid surge in Covid-19 cases, Assam government has made mask wearing mandatory, failing which the defaulters will have to pay a fine of Rs 1000, Sarma said. Announcements are being made across the state, requesting people to wear face masks mandatorily and to follow COVID-19 appropriate protocols.

Sarma added that Assam has an adequate stock of both oxygen cylinders and Remdesivir injections at present. At least 12,861 vials of Remdesivir 100 mg are available and 1 lakh more vials will be available starting May, he said.

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