| Guwahati |
Printed: June 27, 2020 5:58:36 am
The Assam authorities on Friday introduced a stringent 14-day lockdown in state capital Guwahati from Sunday night, with Well being Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma saying that virtually “nothing besides pharmacies, laboratories and hospitals will stay open”.
Saying that they had no different alternative, Sarma referred to the present spike of Covid-19 in Guwahati. Since June 15, no journey history has been present in round 700 circumstances within the metropolis, indicating neighborhood transmission. Of Assam’s whole 6,600 Covid-19 circumstances, 2,600-odd stay lively. It has seen 10 deaths. The spike in its circumstances coincides with elevated testing, with Assam now doing 15,000-odd exams a day.
Saying the lockdown, Sarma mentioned grocery and fruit-vegetable shops wouldn’t be allowed to open in Guwahati beginning June 28 night. Whereas the primary seven days would see probably the most stringent curbs, Sarma mentioned they may think about sure relaxations after that, relying on the state of affairs.
“With plenty of ache, let me say that we shouldn’t have some other choice at this level,” Sarma mentioned, noting that of the 276 individuals who examined constructive in Assam on Thursday, 133 have been from Guwahati.
Aside from the approaching lockdown in Guwahati, Assam beginning Friday has imposed an evening curfew (7 pm to 7 am) throughout the state. All cities and municipalities of the state — besides Guwahati, as of now — will stay beneath full lockdown Saturday and Sunday. Sarma mentioned the weekend lockdown would keep until the pandemic is over.
Amongst these exempted are defence and safety personnel and people related to emergency and important providers. Print and digital media in addition to newspaper distribution are allowed. Agricultural work and tea backyard actions are allowed.
The Well being Minister additionally talked concerning the makeshift hospital set to come back up in three days, taking Guwahati’s mattress capability to 1,600 — almost double the present 890.
Earlier, the BJP authorities had introduced 31 Covid Counselling Centres for metropolis residents to voluntarily submit their samples. The centres are geared up with an ambulance, physician, nurses and employees.
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