Guwahati and its outskirts below the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district went into whole lockdown from Monday following the neighborhood unfold of COVID-19. The 14-day lockdown ends on July 12.
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Meghalaya too imposed it in areas of Ri-Bhoi district bordering Guwahati whereas Manipur prolonged the continued lockdown throughout the State until July 15 with sure relaxations.
All authorities and personal places of work, business institutions, outlets, industrial institutions and locations of worship remained closed on Monday. Specified gas shops, pharmacies and hospitals have been allowed to function.
The roads wore a abandoned look because the authorities banned the motion of all automobiles besides ambulances and people belonging to safety personnel and journalists.
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The police warned of motion in opposition to lockdown violators and mentioned drones could be utilized in areas which have had a bent to disobey restrictions.
“We can be very powerful in opposition to violators who will face authorized motion below the Catastrophe Administration Act, 2005 and the Indian Penal Code,” Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta mentioned.
Final week, Finance and Well being Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned the choice was vital in view of the spurt in instances, particularly after some 700 folks with none journey historical past have been contaminated.
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“Their an infection pointed to neighborhood transmission of the illness. We’ll, nonetheless, assess the state of affairs after seven days and resolve whether or not grocery outlets, vegetable markets and different providers might be reopened,” he mentioned.
There have been stories of overzealous police personnel getting tough with folks engaged in important providers. The police allegedly assaulted a pump operator of the Water Assets Division whereas attending to his responsibility of pumping out rainwater in part of town right into a stream.
The Opposition Congress was crucial of the full lockdown.
“This lockdown displays the federal government’s failure in tackling the pandemic throughout all lately of restrictions. This excessive step will solely compound the miseries of the poor who’ve been already very badly affected,” mentioned former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
Guwahati’s transfer made Meghalaya take an analogous choice however within the areas bordering the principal Assam metropolis. The southern a part of Guwahati adjoins Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.
“We took the choice as a result of surge in COVID-19 instances in Assam. Inter-state motion continues to be restricted,” Chief Minister Conrad Okay. Sangma mentioned.
In Manipur, Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren mentioned the present lockdown could be prolonged from July 1 until July 15.
In keeping with final official figures obtainable, Assam recorded 7,492 instances, together with 11 deaths. Of the 327 instances recorded previously 24 hours, 195 have been from Guwahati.
Whereas Manipur had 1,185 constructive instances on Sunday, Meghalaya recorded 50.
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