Guwahati: The capital city of Guwahati has virtually been put into ‘isolation’ as some 12 districts in Assam have banned the entry of people from Guwahati.
The development happened after the state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the city had slipped into a ‘pandemic’ state with large numbers of people from the city testing COVID 19 positive.
The various district administrations have issued separate orders in this regard and restricted travelling to and forth to Guwahati till further orders.
The districts which have banned the entry of people from Guwahati are Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Morigaon, Nagaon, Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Nalbari, Barpeta, South Salmara, Dhubri and Darrang.
If anyone from Guwahati has to visit these districts in the state for emergency purpose, they will be strictly put under quarantine for 14 days.
Its believed that if the situation in Guwahati does not improve, many other districts in the state may also follow the suit banning the entry of people from Guwahati.
As per the health department, the city alone has recorded some 2,938 COVID19 positive cases in the last five days. The minister said that during the time, out of Assam’s total COVID 19 positive cases around 70 per cent cases were reported from the capital city alone.
The city on July 4 recorded the highest-ever single-day spike in cases which stood at 777 against a total of 1202 cases recorded in entire Assam that day.
Owing to the situation and the break the chain, the state government has already put the city under a total lockdown since June 29 for two weeks. Even after a week has passed, the state government was yet to clarify its stand on a possible extension of the lockdown.
However, stand-alone grocery shops were allowed to function between 11 am and 4 pm daily from July 6 to July 10. Only the pharmacies are allowed to open apart from selected petrol pumps in the city.
Also, the health department has begun door-to-door COVID-19 antigen rapid tests in Pandu area to assess the situation properly.
With 696 new COVID19 cases detected on Wednesday including 423 from Guwahati alone, the state’s total COVID 19 cases reached 14032.
The total numbers of COVID19 related deaths have also gone up to 24 with three more deaths.