Mumbai: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that the state has decided to discontinue mandatory coronavirus testing at railway stations, land routes and airports from March 1, 2021.
Last year, the state government made it mandatory for all travellers coming to the state to undergo an RT-PCR test for COVID-19. However, some categories were later exempted from mandatory testing and quarantine rules.
Children under 10 years of age who have any coronavirus symptom, foreign dignitaries and diplomats of all embassies and diplomatic missions, other than officials of multilateral funding agencies such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, investigative, intelligence and security agencies, and income. The tax department was exempted from mandatory testing in October on an official visit to Assam.
The latest exemption is due to a steady decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The National Health Mission (NHM) said that over 1917 people tested positive for the infection on Monday, 2,17,229 people, while a new fatal outcome brought the death toll to 1,085.
The state has so far tested 65,86,636 samples for COVID-19 and the recovery rate is 98.73 per cent.
NHM further stated that a total of 99,928 individuals have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine across the state so far.
Of the total vaccinated individuals, 64 have developed minor side effects (adverse events after vaccination) due to the vaccine.