Guwahati: Soon after publication of a media report that Guwahati is likely to undergo a complete lockdown from June 26 evening, Assam minister of state for health and family welfare Pijush hazarika termed the news as false.
Taking to Twitter, the minister said that he never confirmed lockdown in Guwahati as reported. “This is a false news, I never confirmed lockdown in Guwahati as reported,” the minister tweeted.
Meanwhile, in view of the large gathering of people, non-maintenance of COVID 19- protocols, including non-maintenance of social distancing and also in view of increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in the city, the Beltola daily and by-weekly market has already been declared closed with immediate effect.
Minister Hazarika has already urged people to avoid travelling to Guwahati unless it is essential. Those in the city should remain at home as much as possible, he said. The minister also admitted that the spike in Guwahati was an indication of the first stage of community transmission as cases were being detected “anywhere and everywhere”.
He also indicated that more wards may be locked down if the need arises. The state government had imposed a complete lockdown in 11 of the 31 wards in Guwahati from 9 pm of Tuesday.
Assam government has now launched a unique initiative to set up Covid Counselling Centres in all the 31 wards.
With the help of these facilities, residents of the city can voluntarily come forward and get a COVID-19 test done.
Health and family welfare minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to voice out his opinion regarding this new initiative. He wrote, “We have activated all 31 Covid Counselling Centres in every ward of Guwahati Municipal Corporation. I urge citizens of Guwahati to use these facilities and come forward for voluntary testing for #Covid_19.”