Guwahati: Assam government on Monday withdrew the mandatory COVID-19 test for children below 10years entering the state. The notification got issued on Monday.
The latest notification issued by Anurag Goel, principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare department, stated, “Children below 10 years of age along with double vaccinated parent(s)/ guardian(s) coming to Assam are hereby exempted from the mandatory COVID-19 testing.”
“However, voluntary paid testing for such children shall be facilitated if the parents/ guardians so desire.”
Fully vaccinated adults entering the state were previously exempted from mandatory testing for the virus through an earlier order.
All passengers entering the state vaccinated with both vaccine doses were released from compulsory testing by a previous notification. But, passengers who are vaccinated with a single dose or are symptomatic even after taking both doses have to undergo compulsory RT-PCR testing at their own cost on arrival.
The orders are appropriate for people entering the state through airports, railway stations, road border points, etc., the notification added.
The exceptions have been given due to declining COVID-19 positivity rate in the state and the nation . It is also due to the increasing the number of vaccinated people, the order further stated.