Lockdown in Guwahati extended till July 19

July 12, 2020: Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Assam government on Saturday extended the ongoing lockdown in Guwahati city and rest of the Kamrup (Metro) district for anot

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July 12, 2020: Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Assam government on Saturday extended the ongoing lockdown in Guwahati city and rest of the Kamrup (Metro) district for another week.

Kamrup has been under total lockdown since June 28 which was to initially end on July 12.

Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna issued an order in which he said, "The new lockdown order will come into force from 6 pm of July 12 and shall remain in force up till 7 pm of July 19."

“There is continuing large scale spread of Covid-19 occurring in almost the entire district of Kamrup Metro which may be a major threat to public health, hygiene and safety of the general population,” Krishna said in a statement.

According to the order, movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited. There will be a ban on movement of private vehicles, both two wheelers and four wheelers, except for medical emergencies.

All government offices, private offices, business, commercial establishments, shops and trade activities will remain closed except standalone grocery shops and shops dealing with personal hygiene goods, which will be allowed to open from 9 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday while maintaining social distancing and safety protocols.

All industrial establishments except continuous process industries will remain closed. All public transport, educational institutions, hospitality services, places of worship and sports, social, political, entertainment, cultural, religious gatherings shall remain suspended.

Exemptions from the lockdown include movement of defence and police personnel, government officials involved in important duties, fire services, disaster management, electricity, water supply, garbage disposal, health workers, banks (with skeletal staff), ATMs, milk supply, baby products, medicines, telecommunication, print and electronic media and train and air services.

House-to-house sale of fruits and vegetables will be allowed from 8 am to 2 pm from Monday to Friday. E-commerce activities supplying fruits, vegetables and other essential items are allowed to operate between 10 am and 4 pm from Monday to Friday.

Only those hotels used for quarantine and by crew of airlines will be allowed to operate, government directorates and secretariat will function with skeletal staff and petrol pumps allowed to open.

Over a dozen districts have imposed restrictions on to and fro movement to Kamrup Metro to restrict community spread of the disease in their areas. Two other districts, Dima Hasao and Jorhat, have also imposed total lockdown.

Till Saturday, Assam had recorded 16,071 COVID-19 positive cases with 35 deaths and 10,426 recoveries whereas the death toll due to coronavirus has reached 35 and three have migrated.

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