Guwahati: The second flush of tea harvesting is almost over. One of the major exports from India, Assam tea was exposed to drought-like weather earlier in April that reduced the yield drastically. Around the same time, the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic had already killed 15 workers in the state – as compared to three from the first wave in 2020. In 2020, tea gardens were closed down for 10 days after the Union Government announced a nationwide lockdown on March 23. This year, the rules were different. 

Until May 19, 229 tea gardens of Assam had 1,851 active cases with COVID infections steadily rising every day, which was about 3.8 percent of the total active cases in Assam recorded on that day. On......


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