In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assam government banned all cultural programmes, award functions, and school children’s involvement in the state’s upcoming Republic Day celebrations on Friday.
Republic Day celebrations in order
Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua issued an order limiting the Republic Day programme to the hoisting of the National Flag, a speech by the guest of honor, and a ceremonial march.
“Other activities, such as cultural programmes, award ceremonies, and prize giving, should be avoided. Because of the current Covid scenario in the state, a pre- and post-Republic Day programme may be avoided “Added he.
Order by ASDMA
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) issued an order prohibiting schoolchildren from participating in the ceremonial parade or march past.
“The number of people attending the Republic Day event in Kamrup (Metro) district may be limited to a maximum of 1,000 for state-level functions, 500 for district-level functions, and 200 for any other level,” it added.
Only qualified police, security officers, and house guards who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to participate in the ceremonial procession and march past, according to the order issued by Barua.
State update on cases
The National Health Mission (NHM) noted in a bulletin that Assam had a 13 percent drop in new COVID-19 cases on Friday compared to the previous day, with 6,897 more people testing positive for the infection.
The state’s COVID-19 positivity percentage fell from 12.92 percent on Thursday to 12.13 percent after 56,849 samples were analyzed.