Assam Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has ruled out the possibility of lockdown in the state even though there has been a surge in Covid-19 cases in recent days. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Micro-Finance Incentive (MFI) scheme cheque distribution programme in Dibrugarh on Wednesday the chief minister said that though the surge in Covid cases in the last three days has been a matter of concern but there was no question of imposing lockdown in the state.

“The surge in Covid-19 cases in the last three days has been a matter of concern. After returning to Guwahati tomorrow (January 6), we will sit and analyse the Covid data of the past one week and make a decision accordingly. But there is no possibility of lockdown,” the chief minister said.

The CM’s statement has put to rest the possibility of another strict lockdown in the state. Recently the state has been witnessing a steep rise in the Covid-19 cases with high positivity rate. The state government has already imposed a night curfew from 11:30pm to 5:00am. No other restrictions have been imposed so far. Vaccination has begun for children between the age group of 15-18 years from January 3. The District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) have been directed to fix the limit of gathering in open spaces depending on the Covid-19 situation in their respective districts.


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