Guwahati: Assam’s government has decided to reopen primary schools, nursery to Class 6, considering the improved Kovid-19 situation, Education and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said on Monday.

He said the government had also decided on a limited reopening of colleges and universities’ hostels for final year students and students of Class 10 and 12 from December 15.

Assam reopened educational institutions for more than seven months from 8th standard on 2nd November.

Speaking to the media, Sarma said all 14 temporary Kovid care centers in Assam are closing, with a significant decrease in the number of Kovid-19 cases and an increase in facilities and infrastructure in medical colleges and hospitals across the state.

As in previous cases, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for reopening classes for ninth-grade students will be issued soon, he said.

“As an upper class, a staggering approach will be followed with different classes on different days to maintain social distance and prevent the spread of Kovid-19,” he said.

The minister said the Kovid-19 situation in Assam has now been cultivated in other parts of India and around the world.

“However, the state government will continue to be vigilant and enforce stringent measures already implemented if the circumstances dictate. However, the testing of the models is being done aggressively, especially at airports and railway stations.

Sharma said health workers in Assam are conducting tests on an average of 20,000 to 30,000 samples.

Assam has so far recorded a total of 2,12,617 Covid-19 positive cases, of which 2,08,283 have a recovery rate of 98 per cent and 981 patients have a death rate of 0.46 per cent.


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