Total lockdown in Guwahati if COVID-19 cases spike: Pijush

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GUWAHATI, June 24: With 600 active COVID-19 positive cases in Guwahati city, Assam government is likely to go for total shutdown in the capital city, if the number of cases increasing regularly.

Of 600 active cases, more than 100 patients do not have travel history. Total lockdown has been imposed in 11 wards of the city from Tuesday night fearing community transmission of novel coronavirus.

The situation in Guwahati has become complicated due the rise in COVID-19 positive cases. The city is witnessing a growing number of COVID-19 positive cases with people whose travel history or source of infection is not known.

Expressing concern over the situation, minister of state for health Pijush Hazarika said new cases have been detected from different areas, including various government offices and shopping malls.

“The situation of Guwahati is worse now. I request people to stop visiting Guwahati for a few days and people of Guwahati should stay at home. People don’t follow rules so the number of community-spread cases in Guwahati is increasing day by day,” Hazarika said.

“I request people to follow lockdown rules properly. I came to know that cases have been detected in PWD chief engineers’ office, banks, malls and other places of Guwahati. This is the first stage of community spread. So we should follow the rules strictly, then only we can stop it from turning into a pandemic in Guwahati,” Hazarika said.

“If total lockdown is imposed in Guwahati, it will be a big loss for many sectors, especially the commerce and education. I can see people not wearing masks properly not following social distancing. People don’t follow protocols. Till day before yesterday, too many cases have been detected in 11 places so these particular locations have been locked down. If this spreads to other parts of the city then the entire Guwahati will be under lockdown,” the minister said.

“Strict action will be taken against those who don’t follow the rules. As of now, Guwahati is the most affected in comparison to other places of Assam,” he said.

The city’s business hub, Fancy Bazar has turned into a COVID-19 hotbed.

“Apart from Guwahati, there were no cases of community spread in other parts of the state. Patients who were identified with COVID-19 infection in the city have some kind of connection to the market,” state health minister Himanta Biswa sarma has said.

Seven persons who tested positive for COVID-19 had a direct or indirect Fancy Bazar connection. These people had no travel history and tested COVID-19 positive after they visited Fancy Bazar for different purposes. The picture that has come up is Coronavirus is present in the commercial centers of the Northeast.

144 people have been identified as infected at 12 screening camps in Guwahati since June 15. About 100 people tested positive for coronavirus in the city on June 21. The number of coronavirus cases has increased across the state, though the growth rate in Guwahati is abnormal. In such a scenario, the situation in the city is likely to deteriorate further.

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