In view of the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, the Assam government has extended lockdown in the Kamrup (Metro) district for one more week after the 14-day shutdown ends on Sunday, officials said here on Saturday. A government official said that Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna issued an order on Saturday night extending the lockdown in Guwahati till July 19.
The four-page lockdown order said that there is continuing large-scale spread of COVID-19 occurring in almost the entire district of Kamrup Metropolitan which may be a major threat to public health, hygiene and safety of the general population.
Krishna, who is the Chairman of the executive committee of the Assam Disaster Management, in his order said that movement of individuals and public transport shall remain strictly prohibited in the district.
“All government and private offices would remain closed. All business and commercial establishments, shops and trade activities shall remain shut except all standalone grocery and stationary shops, which would be allowed to operate in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m,” the order said.
The Chief Secretary said that due to the extensive testing, isolation of people and other restrictive measures, community spread of the coronavirus has been contained to some extent and is showing encouraging downward trend which necessitates further extension of prohibitory measures in order to contain the spread of the pandemic and avoid large scale spread of incidence of COVID-19.
With a population of 11.20 lakh, northeast India’s main commercial hub Guwahati is the headquarters of the Kamrup (Metro) district.