Guwahati, Dec 20: Assam Government is not going to issue any new statewide operational procedures because the disease is still ‘controllable’ amid a rapid rise in the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the entire country.

Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that no COVID-19-related SOPs are planned or being considered in the state. However, if the increase of COVID-19 infected cases becomes higher, the CM Himanta Biswa Sarma affirmed to consider SOPs then amid Omicron variant.

Additionally, the CM announced that starting in January 2022, all students will be able to live in hostels regardless of the year in which they are enrolled.

He added that there will be times when the people of the state have to learn to live with COVID-19 around because it will not suddenly disappear.

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Regarding the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Educational Institutions, Sarma asserted that, since there is the least mortality right now, the people of the state should ensure safety but not necessarily any restrictions.

On Saturday, 119 new cases of COVID-19 were detected across the State, while four people lost their lives to the pandemic. As opposed to the positivity rate of 0.43 percent during the day in the State, the recovery rate stood at 98.61 percent.