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No link between election rallies and the increase in Covid cases: Himanta Biswa Sarma | India News


GUWAHATI: There is no link between the election campaign rallies and the increase in Covid-19 cases in Assam and studies have shown that not a single case of coronavirus has been reported in the places where the rallies were held. Assam’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday, adding that no candidate in the state has been infected.
Assembly elections in the state were held on March 27 and April 1 and 7, and political parties campaigned across the state for the entire month of March through April 4.
Simultaneously, Covid-19 cases, which were at their lowest with 396 in February, rose to 875 in March and had reached 4,528 as of April 16. “We conducted studies to see if there was any link between the election rallies and the new Covid cases, but found that not a single Covid-19 case has been reported at any of the rally locations. In my constituency, a rally was held in Suwalkuchi on April 4 and so far not a single case of Covid has been reported from there, ”Himanta said.
“No one has established a link between the rallies and the Covid cases. What has been established is that the increase in cases in Assam is due to people who have carried the virus from outside the state and have spread it in their families, “he added. Himanta said that Covid cases from Assam have been reported only in shopping malls or industrial centers such as Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tinsukia and cities where there are major railway stations and airports.

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