Breaking: Total lockdown in Guwahati from Sunday midnight


GUWAHATI: Amid surge of COVID-19 positive cases, the total lockdown has been declared in Guwahati. The lockdown will come into force in all the areas of Guwahati with effect from Sunday midnight for 14 days.

Addressing a press meet, Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma announced the decision.

“We do not have any other option. So lockdown has been imposed in the entire Kamrup (Metro) district till July 12,” said Dr. Sarma.

The decision has been taken with the rapid increase of COVID-19 positive cases in the city.

Dr. Sarma mentioned that after June 15, 762 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in Guwahati. Among them, 676 patients are without travel history.

“They are without travel history, but with contact history,” added Dr. Sarma.

He shared that around 50 per cent cases in the state have been reported from Guwahati.

Minister Sarma expressed concern over residents of Guwahati not maintaining social distancing norms and other COVID-19 protocols.

“We have seen that most of the people do not wear masks. Social gatherings are noticed in many parts of Guwahati in the evening,” he said.

He also stated that most of the traders of the city have failed in fulfilling their social responsibilities in terms of maintaining social distancing.

“We understand that lockdown poses economic and serious problems. But we do not have any other option if people do not follow the norms,” he added.