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    COVID19 Scare: Lockdown May Return, says Assam Govt

    Chief Secretary of Assam said that the unlock phase would end on August 31 and Assam government is discussing the way forward

    GUWAHATI: Assam government may once again consider imposing lockdown if the commoners continue to violate COVID19 protocols and not wear masks or maintain social distancing.

    Till Friday morning, Assam’s COVID count reached 98, 807 with 278 deaths.

    Chief Secretary of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna on Friday said that the unlock phase would end on August 31 and the state government has been discussing the way forward.

    “Almost 95 percent of everything is opened now for public utility except the weekends and night curfew. But we are observing that people have taken things very casually and even not wearing masks. We have asked the state police to enforce wearing masks strictly and penalize people. But if people don’t take the Covid19 safety protocols seriously then we may be forced to take unpleasant steps,” the top official said.

    Krishna also said that it has been a worrying trend that the COVID spike in the state as well as the country has been constantly on up.

    He said, “Though in many countries the COVID graph is lowering, in India it’s not happening. It means that we are yet to reach the peak which is worrying. In Assam also the numbers of deaths are increasing and that’s why people must not think that situation has become normal. Lockdown may return.”

    Meanwhile, in partial modification of its previous order movement of officials, the staff of State and Central government departments including PSUs and Autonomous bodies, all banks and persons on essential services were allowed for attending the office duty from 5 AM to 9 PM on all working Saturdays across the State.


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