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No Lockdown in Assam: CM Himanta Biswa Sarma

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Guwahati: Amid the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in Assam, Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that there will be no lockdown in the state.

“The COVID-19 cases are rising alarmingly in the state along with the rest of the country and we need to follow the COVID protocols but no lockdown will be imposed as of now. We will have to move without hampering the economy and livelihood of the people,” the Chief Minister said.

Addressing the media persons today, the Chief Minister said the Omicron cases are also increasing in the country and with the rising cases of the variant, it can be said that the third wave will hit the country soon.

“A meeting will be held to review the situation in Guwahati on Thursday along with the health department to discuss how we can handle the Omicron situation in the state,” CM Sarma added.

CM Sarma said, “Omicron variant’s spread in the entire nation is concerning. It’s now almost evident that the third wave is coming. However, a complete lockdown is not a solution to tackle the situation. We need to consider the livelihood of many people especially the daily wagers. The state government is ready to face the third wave of Covid19.”

The CM informed that he would sit for a discussion with the health department to review the current situation on Thursday.

He added, “There will be restrictions that need to be placed if the Covid19 cases continue to go up. The situation is being reviewed with the health department and Covid guidelines may be revised. However, keeping in view the economy and livelihood of the people lockdown will not be imposed in the state.”

Currently, the state government has imposed a night curfew in the state from 11:30 PM to 6 AM.

 The CM requested the people to follow Covid protocols and take their vaccines on time.

Assam and its capital city of Guwahati though have been registering a sharp rise in the Covid19 cases recently. Luckily, not a single case of Omicron variant was detected in the state yet.

It may be mentioned that the COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in the country and Assam too witnessed increasing cases of the virus since January 1.

The state reported 475 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday with highest number of cases in Kamrup (M) with 196 cases and three new Covid deaths have also been reported.

Meanwhile, neighbouring state Meghalaya also reported 5 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 on Tuesday out of which one person from Assam has been infected with the variant who travelled to the state yesterday.

Meanwhile, Mizoram also reported a total of 443 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, one Covid related death has been reported in the state. With this, the total active case tally in the state has risen to 2,162. Meanwhile, the Covid positivity rate currently stands at a high of 13.38 percent.

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