State might slide back to full lockdown if COVID19 protocol is neglected, says Assam CM


GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that the state might go back to imposing complete lockdown if COVID19 protocols are violated and rules made for the safety of everyone are neglected. Speaking at a function in Guwahati the chief minister said, “From the first week of September we will try to open up more. The number of COVID19 cases has come down below 500 yesterday. So, we will open schools, colleges and buses; but if people don’t follow the COVID19 protocols, we might have to go back to the state of total lockdown. As we relax the restrictions, I request everyone to follow the rules and regulations.”

On the ongoing vaccination drive and availability of vaccines in Assam, Dr. Sarma informed, “After the recent visit of Union Minister for Health Mansukh Mandaviya the availability of vaccine has gone up. We have been able to vaccinate around 50 lakh people this month itself. I am certain we will be able to provide another 50 lakh in the coming month. For this month, we have already provided 61 lakh vaccines and we still have a few days left. I request the people of Assam to come forward and take the second dose of the COVID19 vaccine. We are not safe until we take the second dose. All steps have been taken to ensure that everyone gets the vaccine.”