“No Lockdown in Assam After Election”: Himanta Biswa Sarma
GUWAHATI: Amidst apprehension of a possible ‘lockdown’ following the conclusion of the upcoming Assam state polls, state’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that there was no such possibility in the near future.
Following a fresh order from the Centre asking the state government to consider issuing local restrictions and not allow mass gatherings for festivals such as Bihu, Holi, Easter, Eid-ul-Fitr, etc, many in the state apprehended a possible lockdown shortly.
On Thursday during a poll campaign, Sarma said, “When there is no coronavirus wave in the state, how there can be a lockdown?”
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order, however, asked states to strictly adhere to SoPs issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and stick to Covid-19 appropriate behaviour to limit the transmission of the coronavirus.
The order came after the detection of the new double mutant variant of the coronavirus in Maharashtra. Over 47,000 cases were reported on Wednesday, the highest in over four months.
In Assam also, Covid 19 positive cases have seen an uprising trend recently. On Wednesday, the state recorded at least 41 new Covid 19 positive cases and one death too. There was a total of 372 active Covid 19 positive cases reported in the state till Wednesday night.
Assam so far registered over 2.18 lakh Covid 19 positive cases and over 1,103 deaths.