Assam govt indicates lockdown in entire Guwahati if COVID cases continue to rise

A day after the Assam Government imposed a 14-day lockdown in 11 wards of the state’s largest city, Guwahati, Minister of State Pijush Hazarika recently said that the state government might clamp a total lockdown in the city if the Covid-19 cases continue to spike upwards.

The minister lamented that the condition of Guwahati has continued to worsen from day-to-day and expressed concern at the fact that cases have been detected in places such as government offices, shopping complexes, hospitals, etc.

Urging people in other parts of the state not to visit the city amid burgeoning cases, the minister said that a community spread has already been witnessed, as several persons without a travel history have tested positive. Hazarika said that the number of COVID cases is rising in the city because people “don’t follow rules.”

He further added that amid the dramatic spike in the number of cases in the city, cases have now been reported from the PWD Chief Engineer’s office, banks, malls, as well as other places of significance across the city.

Hazarika also admitted that Guwahati was indeed the worst-hit region in the state when it comes to Covid-19 outbreak. According to the government figures, Assam has reported 6,056 cases of the Covid-19, of which 2,282 cases are still active. Nine patients have died due to complications from the virus so far.