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Assam CM hints at easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

GUWAHATI: The Assam government is reportedly mulling to relax some of the COVID-19 restrictions after 15 June.

The extent to which the rules will be relaxed will depend to a great extent on the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the state.

Assam’s chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the relaxation of the curbs might be different in each district. According to Sarma, the extent of curbs in each district will depend on the ability to control the transmission of the virus.

The Assam government has imposed a partial lockdown in the state keeping in view the massive uptick in coronavirus cases.

Presently, all shops and commercial establishments have to be shut at 12 noon on all days.

There is a total ban on the movement of individuals from 1 pm to 5 am daily.

As per the new order, the Assam government has allowed restaurants, dhabas and other eateries to entertain dine-in guest up to 12 noon.

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Assam’s COVID-19 caseload on Wednesday increased to 4,46, 445 after 3,751 more people tested positive for the infection, while 55 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,793, the National Health Mission bulletin said.

With 4,355 COVID-19 patients discharged from facilities during the day, the state, however, reported more recoveries than the number of new infections. At present, the state has 48,499 active cases.

Dibrugarh reported the highest of seven deaths, followed by five in Sonitpur, four each in Dhubri, Jorhat and Kamrup Metropolitan, three each in Cachar, Golaghat, Hojai, Karimganj, Sivasagar and Tinsukia, two in Kokrajhar, and one each in Barpeta, Charaideo, Chirang, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dima Hasao, Goalpara, Hailakandi, Kamrup, Morigaon, and Udalguri districts.

The number of COVID-19 patients dying due to comorbidities is 1,347. With the detection of 3,751 patients against the testing of 1,15,806 samples on Wednesday, Assam has reported a positivity rate of 3.24 per cent for the day, the bulletin said.

The state had reported 3,948 coronavirus positive cases on Tuesday against the testing of 1,33,212 samples.

Kamrup Metropolitan reported the maximum number of 430 cases, followed by Cachar at 366, Sonitpur at 231, and Dibrugarh at 222.

With 4,46,445 total COVID-19 cases in Assam, the overall positivity rate stands at 3.70 per cent against the total testing of 1,13,71,212 samples so far.

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