Amid the lethal coronavirus (COVID-19) scare that has gripped the entire nation, Assam has gone into lockdown following the Centre’s direction to prevent the widespread of the virus.
The lockdown will continue to March 31st, 2020, midnight. The violators of the rule will be punished with imprisonment of a term of six months that may extend to two years. However, the essential services and commodities including LPG, groceries, electricity and water supply are exempted from the lockdown.
The state government issued a lockdown notification stating in detail about the restrictions and the things excluded from restrictions.
Meanwhile, to arrest the spread of coronavirus, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation has decided to sprinkle disinfectant at different areas of the city from March 24th to 29th, 2020 with the help of State Fire & Emergency Services. The assemble points assigned for the fire tenders are – Dispur Supermarket/Fire Station Centre, Guwahati Club Point, GMCH Bhangagarh, Mazar Road Near ASTC, Adabari Bus Station and Lokhra Chariali.
Assam has not reported any positive COVID-19 case to date. The virus has infected a total of 446 people and claimed nine lives so far according to the Health Ministry.
State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on March 24th, 2020, informed that a total of 169 samples have been tested for coronavirus out of which 148 were found negative and results of 21 are still awaited. Out of this samples, 83 were tested in Regional Medical Research Centre, Lahowal; 64 in Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), 10 in Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) and 10 in Silchar Medical College and Hospital, the minister informed.
State Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed the people to cooperate with the government to prevent the spread of the lethal virus.
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