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Curfew from ‘Total Containment Districts’ likely to be withdrawn from Monday

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GUWAHATI: With COIVD19 positivity rates declining, curfew may be withdrawn from five districts in Assam that have been so far marked as Total Containment Districts. These districts are: Sonitpur, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Biswanath. This was stated by Assam chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday. 

In Golaghat, the COVID19 positivity rate has come down to 1.8% from last week’s 6%. If the situation remains under control then curfew may be withdrawn from Golaghat and it may be classified as Yellow or Green district.

In Jorhat, the COVID19 positivity rate has come down to 1.62% in the past 24 hours. Two weeks ago, Jorhat’s positivity rate hovered around 5% to 7%. The number of cases had increased. “On 9th July, we recorded 205 cases and yesterday we had 101 cases. The cases have halved and in coming days we believe it will come down more and we will be relieved from the lockdown,” said a health official.

In Biswanath, the COVID19 positivity rate has come down to 1.15% in past 5 days. “The positivity rate has come down from what we had before the lockdown. The rate has definitely come down and we hope that it will come down further,” said a health official.

In Sonitpur, the COVID19 positivity rate has come down to 1% in past 5 days. Residents of the district are expecting the relaxation in curfew orders from Monday. “The transmission rate kept constant at 2% and reached 3% and after lockdown was imposed the rate has come down to 0.8%. For the past six days our positivity rate has remained under 1%. The graph is coming down and COVID19 Care Centres have fewer patients,” said a health official.

In Lakhimpur, the COVID19 positivity rate has come down to 0.84% in the past two days. If the situation remains constant then there are very good chances of curfew relaxations in Lakhimpur district. “Yesterday, RAT was done on 11,173 persons and 94 were found to be positive. If we can maintain this for a week we can expect Lakhimpur to enter the safe zone,” said a health official.

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