GUWAHATI Total Lockdown : Assam Govt declares 14-day total lockdown in 11 wards of Guwahati to check Covid-19
Kamrup (Metropolitan) deputy commissioner Biswajit Pegu said the fresh lockdown imposed in the 11 wards will be even more stricter than Lockdown 1. Government sources said 25-30% of the city’s population is now under lockdown.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has imposed a 14-day total lockdown in 11 wards of Guwahati found vulnerable to the spread of novel coronavirus. The shutdown began from 9 pm on Tuesday.
Kamrup (Metropolitan) deputy commissioner Biswajit Pegu said the fresh lockdown imposed in the 11 wards will be even more stricter than Lockdown 1. The shutdown have been imposed in wards 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (parts), 15 and 16. Government sources said 25-30% of the city’s population is now under lockdown.
“The government has decided to enforce the lockdown in the 11 wards so that Covid-19 does not spread at the mass level. We are concerned about the scenario in Guwahati as many positive cases do not have a travel history. The infection must have spread due to contacts with people infected by the virus,” Pegu told the media here on Tuesday.
He added that the district administration sent a proposal to the state government after noticing a rise in the number of Covid positive cases in certain pockets of the city and CM Sarbananda Sonowal approved it. Pegu said imposing the lockdown was essential to reduce people-to-people contact in the wards found vulnerable to Covid-19. Pegu added that Covid screening centres would start functioning in all 31 GMC wards from Wednesday.
“Those who are going to come for testing voluntarily will have to go under home quarantine till their test reports come. Intensive testing will be done in the wards where lockdown has been declared. We are mainly concerned about positive test reports of people who don’t have a travel history,” he said.
For any crisis, the residents in the wards under lockdown can contact 1077 helpline number for ration or emergency needs.
An order issued by Assam chief secretary and the chairman of the state executive committee of ASDMA, Kumar Sanjay Krishna, stated that it was reported by the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district magistrate that there has been large-scale spread of Covid-19 cases among the general public in certain areas of Guwahati. This, the district magistrate noted, has posed a major threat to public health, hygiene and safety of the general population.
Source : TOI