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Assam: Festivals cancelled due to Covid surge

Assam continues to witness a rising trend in terms of Covid-19 cases that has led to the cancellation of some popular festivals in the state. The occasion of Magh Bihu

Assam continues to witness a rising trend in terms of Covid-19 cases that has led to the cancellation of some popular festivals in the state.

The occasion of Magh Bihu sees several local traditional festivals in different parts of the state. However, this year due to the prevailing Covid scenario, many of these festivals have been cancelled.

The well-known Monikut festival of Hajo this year stands cancelled after organisers decided to hold in view of the rising Covid cases.

Meanwhile, the popular event of buffalo fight in Assam’s Morigaon district has also been cancelled. Keeping in view the rising Covid cases, the organisers decided not to hold the event this year so as to not attract huge crowds and risk a fresh Covid outbreak in the area.

Also Read: Covid-19: Assam ramps up restrictions for unvaccinated

The state reported a total of 2,348 fresh cases in the last 24 hours which brought the positivity rate to 7.80 percent.

The Kamrup Metropolitan district saw a total of 870 new cases, marking a slight dip  in comparison to previous days.

This brings Assam’s current active caseload to a total of 15,267.

Also Read: Covid-19: Assam ramps up restrictions for unvaccinated

Meanwhile, five Covid related deaths were reported in the state.

On the other hand, 861 Covid patients were discharged in the state after attaining full recovery. This brings the recovery rate to 96.44 percent.

Meanwhile, strict checking and Covid testing are being carried out at the Srirampur check gate at Assam’s border with West Bengal.

Every person entering Assam from West Bengal is being made to undergo a mandatory Covid test.

Almost on a daily basis, several Covid positive cases are being detected at the inter-state border check gate.

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First Published: 15th January, 2022 12:00 IST

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