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Himanta Biswa on COVID-19 3rd Wave: ‘Children below 18 more likely to be infected’

DHEMAJI: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today opining on alert over the inevitable third wave of the COVID-19 opined that those below 18 years of age stand a greater chance of being infected owing to the fact that they have not taken vaccines.

“When the first wave came, things became better and people stopped heeding the rules which caused the second wave. The second wave is nearing its end and people will soon head to offices. One person will get infected and then there will another surge of cases. The older ones will not be affected as much as they have taken vaccines. Obviously, the below-18 minors will be affected,” Sarma told media persons in Dhemaji.

Sarma opined that the third wave will take shape from the way people conduct themselves.
“On a positive note., however, children have high immunity. Children below the age of 18 do not have co-morbidities,” he said, adding that children have a better chance of recovering from fibrosis of the lungs.

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The Assam government on Monday issued a fresh set of guidelines to check the spread of coronavirus disease cases (Covid-19) in the state.

As several districts in Assam witnessed a declining positivity rate, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority revised the restrictions that will come into effect from Tuesday.

Assam government decided to ease the restrictions in districts such as South Salmara, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Majuli, West Karbi Anglong, Dima Hasao, Charaideo, and Udalguri, between 5 am to 5 pm daily as these have been recording less than 400 daily cases for the past 10 days.

However, there will total ban on the movement of people between 2 pm and 5 am in Kamrup metropolitan district.

The government said it would keep a close watch on districts such as Cachar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sonitpur, and Nagaon, which have been witnessing a high positivity rate.

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