Guwahati: After a fresh wave of COVID-19 infections were reported recently and rumors of another lockdown circulated, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday cleared the air saying that the government has not planned for lockdown.
He also said that as the cases are not too high therefore, there is no reason to panic as of now.
Speaking to the media, he said, “Every day 9-20 positive cases are being reported in the state since last month. And I think that till the coronavirus looms around, cases in low numbers will show up every now and then.”
“But there is no reason to panic and I think the COVID-19 situation in the state is under control,” he further added.
When asked about lockdown in the state, he said, “I don’t why the news of fresh lockdown is circulating in the state. Only 14 new cases have been reported so far, not 200 or more. According to me there is no reason to panic.”
He also added that, “Since the cases in the other parts of the country are on the rise, so I urge everyone to stay alert and careful.”
Earlier, the deputy commissioner of Kamrup Metro, Biswajit Pegu denied the rumors of lockdown saying there have been no discussions of clamping a lockdown.
Speaking to media, he said, “There is no reason to panic at all as the situation is normal as of now. But I request everyone to be alert and follow the COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of masks, maintaining social distance and other.”