Assam imposes total curfew in 5 districts with high Covid positivity rate

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Owing to the rising cases of Coronavirus, as many as five districts of Assam have been declared as total containment zones, an official notification issued by the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) stated on July 19. These districts include Jorhat, Golaghat, Sonitpur, Biswanath, and Lakhimpur and there will be a complete curfew in these districts on July 20 from 5 am onwards and will continue till further orders.

The notification has been issued in view of the upcoming Bakrid celebration. Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta said that the government will ramp Covid-19 testing in the state by starting the process at railway stations and airports, news agency ANI reported.

What’s allowed in the containment zones?

Only movement of goods has been permitted in the five districts.

What’s not allowed in the containment zones?

There will be a complete curfew round the clock in the five districts that have been declared as containment zones.

All workplaces, business or commercial establishments, shops selling groceries, fruits and vegetables, restaurants, dhabas, and showrooms dealing with cold storage, among others, will be shut till further orders.

There will be complete ban on private and public transport

Public gatherings, including for wedding and funeral ceremonies, will also be banned.

Meanwhile, 27 districts have been marked as showing improvement in declining positivity rate. Dhubri, Chirang, Udalguri, Barpeta, Sivasagar, Baksa, Kamrup, Darrang, and Dibrugarh are some of the districts where the positivity rate has dipped. According to the notification, regions with moderate and declining positivity rates have been permitted certain curfew relaxations.

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