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Assam identifies 220 COVID hotspots, govt to opt for either district or hotspot wise containment

GUWAHATI: The government of Assam has identified as many as 220 COVID-19 hotpsots across the state showing high positivity rates.

More than 10 districts have become a matter of concern with a positivity rate of more than 2% in the past one week with Morigaon and Golaghat showing a positivity rate of over 4%.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had earlier stated the government would go for either a district wise or hotspot-wise containment system as a measure to curb the spread of infection.

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Reiterating the importance of vaccination, he further informed that the new SOPs will be announced on June 26.

The decision will be taken after a review meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts, informed the Chief Minister where the current COVID scenario of all the districts will be scanned.

Recently, state Water resource Minister Pijush Hazarika expresses concern over the COVID-19 situation in Sonitpur district.

“If people do not take the restrictions seriously, we may have to impose total lockdown”, added the Minister implying the possibility of lockdown.

“We understand that imposing total lockdown hinders work, business and establishments. Many people have to face various hardships. But considering the current situation, I would say that chances of total lockdown are not that thin”, added the Minister.

He further expressed concern over people not abiding by the COVID-19 protocols laid out by the state as well as central government.

“About 15 days back when I arrived at Sonitpur, I had to repeatedly request the people to not gather here for me breaking the COVID rules. But in spite of my requests, about a 100 people showed up”, added the Minister expressing disappointment.

The district currently has 621 active cases of COVID-19 with 3 deaths.

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