In a cabinet meeting held today, the government of Assam took some decisions in light of the new variant of the coronavirus, 'Omicron'. Health Minister Keshab Mahanta said that a new Standard Opearating Procedure (SOP) will be released soon.
With two cases of the new variant Omicron detected in India, the Assam state government will soon release a new SOP, informed state health minister Keshab Mahanta after a cabinet-level meeting was held today.
Notably, the new variant is believed to spread faster than the previous variants but does not cause more damage. The existing vaccines in the market will also be effective against this variant.
There will be new policies for foreigners travelling to the country and the state government will release a detailed SOP soon, the health minister informed, adding that the tests to ascertain whether the newly detected cases were of the Omicron variant could only be done at Kolkata and Pune.
Meanwhile, further decisions were taken in the cabinet meeting. They are mentioned below: