Assam mulls to reimpose lockdown in Guwahati

GUWAHATI, JUN 13 (IANS/AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 6/13/2020 1:18:14 PM IST

With a spike in coronavirus infections, the Assam government is considering to reimpose lockdown in its main city Guwahati, depending on the result of 50,000 COVID-19 sample tests to be conducted soon, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.

“If a sizable number of positive cases are found after 50,000 samples are tested in Guwahati, total lockdown will be reimposed in the commercial city. Besides the lockdown, some strictest measures will be taken to check the spread of coronavirus,” he told the media.

“People of Guwahati should be prepared for another lockdown, which may be imposed if a large number of people, say 500, test positive for COVID-19 after 50,000 tests,” Dr. Sarma said.

“We don’t want to harm the economy but if the situation demands, we will not shy away from enforcing a lockdown,” he added. 

Assam had reported 3,718 positive cases till Saturday night, including 1,902 active cases. In all 1,805 patients have recovered from the dreaded virus while eight people have so far succumbed to the disease.

Sarma said that the state has tested 2,01,503 samples so far in 11 laboratories whereas one more lab would be ready by Monday. By the end of this month three lakh sample would be tested, he added.

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