One Week Extension of Lockdown in Guwahati is Enough: Health Minister Sarma

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The health department’s proposal was different than what the Citizens committees of the city had suggested
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Guwahati: Assam health department has asked the state government to extend the ongoing lockdown for one more week in the capital city of Guwahati. The ongoing two-week-long ‘total’ lockdown in the city is slated to end on Sunday evening.

Earlier, the city was put under a two-week-long lockdown since June 29 midnight owing to the rapid growth of the COVID19 positive cases hinting of community transmission.

However, the health department’s proposal for another one more week of lockdown in the city was totally different than what the Citizens committees of the city had suggested.

The committees which sat for a meeting the health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday evening had suggested the minister to extend the lockdown for two more weeks.

Sarma said, “Though the Nagarik committees had suggested extending the lockdown for two more weeks, we believe that one week is enough. Already, the rapid antigen test drive conducted in the city has shown us improving results. The infection rate in the city has come down during this lockdown.”

The rapid antigen test results in the city highlighted that from 30 per cent of COVID 19 positivity rate prior to the lockdown, the rate has come down to 21 per cent currently, Sarma informed.

The minister said, “Therefore, we have suggested an extension of one more week of lockdown in the city before the state’s Chief Secretary. Now he will discuss the matter with the concerned authorities and announce the final decision soon.”

Sarma hinted that there will be certain relaxation in the coming days.

He added that out of city’s somewhere around 10-11 lakh of the total population, one lakh people were tested already.  The city has over 4000 COVID 19 positive cases so far.

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