GUWAHATI: The Assam government has given strong indications that total lockdown may be imposed in Guwahati in view of the massive spike in COVID-19 cases after hundreds of individuals have tested positive without travel history.
This was stated by the minister of state for health Pijush Hazarika. The Minister expressed concern over the fact that the new cases have been detected from different areas of the city, including various government offices and shopping malls.
“The situation of Guwahati is worse now. I request people to stop visiting Guwahati for a few days and people of Guwahati should stay at home. People don’t follow rules so the number of community-spread cases in Guwahati is increasing day by day. I request people to follow lockdown rules properly. I came to know that cases have been detected in PWD chief engineers’ office, banks, malls and other places of Guwahati. This is the first stage of community spread. So we should follow the rules strictly, then only we can stop it from turning into a pandemic in Guwahati,” said Assam Minister of State for Health, Pijush Hazarika.
Health Minister Hazarika added, “If total lockdown is imposed in Guwahati, it will be a great loss for many sectors, especially the commerce and education. I can see people not wearing masks properly not following social distancing. People don’t follow protocols. Till day before yesterday, too many cases have been detected in 11 places so these particular locations have been locked down. If this spreads to other parts of the city then the entire Guwahati will be under lockdown.”
“Strict action will be taken against those who don’t follow the rules. As of now, Guwahati is the most affected in comparison to other places of Assam,” said Minister Pijush Hazarika.