Breaking News LIVE, 18 August, 2021: The Assam government’s new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in regard to Covid-19 pandemic will come into effect from Wednesday. The state revised its existing SOPs on Tuesday which was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). This was done after reviewing the pandemic situation.
“In exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 22(2) (h) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned, in his capacity as chairperson, state executive committee of the state disaster management authority, Assam, do hereby issues the following directives for both rural and urban areas which will remain in force w.e.f 5am of August 18 until further orders,” an official order stated.
The Republican governor of Texas, who has been a forceful opponent of mask mandates, has tested positive for Covid-19, his office said Tuesday, one day after attending an indoor public event.
Greg Abbott, who is fully vaccinated, “has been testing daily, and today was the first positive test result,” said a statement from his spokesman Mark Miner. “The Governor will isolate in the Governor’s Mansion and continue to test daily,” the statement said, adding that Abbott is receiving an antibody cocktail treatment.
he Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Tuesday projected an export of 62 crore COVID-19 testing kits between July and September. “The ICMR/DHR (Department of Health Research) supports the manufacturers to export surplus quantities of the COVID-19 diagnostic kits after meeting the in-country demands.
The projected export till September 2021 is a cumulative total of 62 crore test kits of RT-PCR, Viral Transport Media (VTM), RNA extraction and rapid antigen tests,” the ICMR stated in a tweet.
It further said the production capacity of COVID-19 testing kits has been substantially enhanced, “making India atmanirbhar (self-reliant)”. This has resulted in significant reduction in cost and improved availability.