With Guwahati’s daily COVID-19 caseload exceeding 1000 on Monday, all educational institutes in Assam including hostels have been closed for the next 15 days. 

Moreover, all the other districts in Assam where the cases have reached a threshold will also impose similar restrictions. 

This was confirmed by Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. 

“With cases in Kamrup Metro exceeding 1000, I’ve advised DC to shut down all educational instns including hostels for 15 days for now. All other districts, where the numbers reach a threshold that require such measures, shall follow suit,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. 

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Notably, as many as 1153 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected from in and around Guwahati under Kamrup-Metro district. 

It may be mentioned here that all the major universities in Assam have already postponed the examinations. 

The Cotton University has also postponed the ongoing first semester exams of all undergraduate courses after a professor of the university’s zoology department has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The alarming rise in COVID-19 cases in Assam’s Kamrup (Metro) district is also another reason behind the university authorities’ decision to suspend examinations for now. 

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According to sources, the professor was invigilating an examination on April 24 in the university campus. 

This has raised an alarm of possible infections among the students and staff of the Cotton University. 

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