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    Guwahati: Sonapur institute declared Covid containment zone after 20 test positive | Guwahati News – Times of India

    Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) at Sonapur was declared a containment zone for two weeks on Thursday after 20 students tested positive for Covid-19.
    All of them had come from outside Assam recently. At IIT Guwahati too, six people, including two students, tested positive.
    Authorities are worried as contact tracing of these cases can be difficult due to the long travel history.
    As a result, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced that Assam will intensify testing.
    “We have fixed a daily target of 35,000 tests, which will be increased to one lakh slowly. Due to this, the number of positive cases may go up for a few days, but the positivity rate will come down,” Sarma said.
    With Rongali Bihu approaching, Sarma said one lakh tests will be conducted during the festival days to isolate more people.
    However, he dismissed the possibility of imposing lockdown or night curfew.
    “Our only strategy will be to test, trace and track. We are prepared,” Sarma said, appealing to the people not to panic.
    On Thursday, 245 positive cases were detected across the state out of 22,888 tests. The positivity rate went up to 1.07% from Wednesday.
    Kamrup (Metro) district once again recorded the highest number of cases at 128. Many of those people had travel history.
    “The students came to LNIPE for an exam in the latter half of March and belong to states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” Kamrup (Metro) additional deputy commissioner Sharmistha Borah told TOI.
    “Majority of the positive cases either travelled by train or air,” she added.
    LNIPE will remain a containment zone till April 21. An IIT Guwahati spokesperson said that two students, one project staffer and three family members of employees have been in isolation since April 2 after testing positive.
    “IIT Guwahati is reviewing safety protocols regularly through a Covid Response Team (CRT) and a medical team,” said an official of the institute.
    IIT Guwahati has been holding online classes, but only select PhD students have been pursuing lab assignments.
    Meanwhile, all airports in the Northeast are once again testing travellers, especially those from Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
    “In most NE airports, fliers coming without negative RT-PCR reports are going through the rapid antigen test again. But in a few states, only random testing is being done on passengers coming from states with fewer fresh cases,” said an Airports Authority of India official. At all major railway stations too, passengers from all states are being tested.
    However, those travelling within the state are yet to be compulsorily tested.

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