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    Unlock Saturday: How did first free-weekend Assam look?

    An increase in people and vehicle movements were seen in most parts of the city. Traffic snarls were witnessed in the city’s busiest intersections.

    GUWAHATI: From open shops and markets and milling crowds on roads to the hustle and bustle of railway stations, a semblance of normality seemed to return after government decided to lift the weekend lockdown and mid-night curfew in state.

    It was a slow start for people across the state on Saturday after months of enjoying weekend lockdown.

    An increase in people and vehicle movements were seen in most parts of the city. Traffic snarls were witnessed in the city’s busiest intersections.

    As shops across the city reopened on the weekend after months of lockdown, the spirit of business may have been unlocked, but shoppers remained tied up in knots about whether or not to step out for that long overdue dose of retail therapy.

    Commute still remained a problem for the people. As thousands of office-goers were seen waiting for public transport and then fighting for space on the limited number of buses that plied.

    More shops opened across the city. Most traders in the city were careful to follow sanitation and social distancing norms, placing markers on the pavement or road outside, and allowed only three or four customers inside at a time.

    However, the cases of Coronavirus are still on the rise as the state detected 2,891 new cases on Friday out of 39,347 tests.

    15 more COVID patients succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to 345.

    Out of the new cases, 670 are from Kamrup (M), 232 from Kamrup (R), 175 from Karimganj, and 151 from Dibrugarh among others. The state’s positivity rate stands at 7.34%

    The total cumulative cases in Assam reached 1,21,224, among which 92,717 were discharged and 28,159 are active cases.

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