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Assam: Fresh curbs, longer curfew hours amid surge

Wednesday’s order said all shops and commercial establishments will shut at 1 pm and weekly bazaars will not be allowed for 15 days. Earlier, curfew hours lasted from 6 pm to 5 am.

Written by Abhishek Saha | Guwahati |
Updated: May 12, 2021 6:30:04 pm
assam lockdown, assam covid 19 lockdown, assam lockdown rules, assam covid 19 cases, assam Chief Secretary Jishnu BaruaIndian paramilitary personnel stand guard during a night curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus in Guwahati, Assam (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Assam Wednesday imposed stricter restrictions in urban and adjoining areas, including a daily curfew from 2 pm to 5 am and closure of all educational institutions and government and private offices, for 15 days beginning Thursday.

“The positivity rate of Covid-19 cases in the urban and adjacent areas have shown significant surge in the Covid-19 cases during last few days and require stricter Covid containment measures,” the order issued by chief secretary Jishnu Barua said.

On Tuesday, Assam registered 6,258 new cases with 85 deaths. Kamrup (Metro) district, which Guwahati city falls under, remains the worst affected with 14,403 cases from May 2 to May 11.

Wednesday’s order said all shops and commercial establishments will shut at 1 pm and weekly bazaars will not be allowed for 15 days. Earlier, curfew hours lasted from 6 pm to 5 am.

E-commerce deliveries and deliveries of essentials have been allowed.

“All religious places shall remain closed for 15 days. However, the religious head of a religious place or his representative may perform minimal religious rituals/prayers,” the order said.

It said marriages and religious functions will be private affairs with only 10 attendees allowed.

The order restricted the movement of vehicles. “All vehicles other than government vehicles will be allowed to ply in accordance with an odd-even formula to be decided by the jurisdictional District Disaster Management Authority between 5am to 2pm. However, this restriction shall not apply to personal vehicles used for medical emergencies,” it said.

Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday allotted districts to each cabinet minister to oversee the Covid situation and government measures.

Sarma’s order said that each minister will monitor the trend in the number of Covid cases in the allotted districts, assess the adequacy of health care facilities in the districts, monitor the complicate with Covid related restrictions, support the district administration, and keep the CM and the health minister informed of the situation.

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