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Assam announces weekend lockdown in urban areas as coronavirus cases spike

A weekend lockdown will be imposed in all urban areas of Assam from June 28 midnight in view of rising coronavirus cases. The weekend lockdown will last for a period of 14 days or two weeks.

The weekend lockdown has been announced in Assam in view of rising coronavirus cases. (Photo: PTI/Representational image)

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday announced that a weekend lockdown will be imposed in urban areas of the state from June 28 midnight. He also said that a complete lockdown will be imposed in Guwahati’s Kamrup Metropolitan district for the next two weeks.

With regards to Guwahati, the Assam minister said a lockdown will continue for the next 14 days due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases, as reported by news agency ANI. Sarma added that only medical stores will remain open during the lockdown period.

“Complete lockdown to be imposed in the entire Kamrup Metropolitan district from the midnight of 28th June for the next 14 days, due to rise in Covid-19 cases. Medical stores to remain open during the lockdown,” Sarma told the news agency.

Weekend lockdown in urban areas

Sarma also added that a weekend lockdown will come to effect from June 28 midnight in all urban areas falling under the jurisdiction of town committees. He added that municipalities will also come under the ambit of lockdown and will continue till further notice.

As of Friday, Assam has recorded over 6,300 coronavirus cases, of which 2,279 are active cases. While over 4,000 people have recovered, the state government is worried about the rising number of cases in urban areas of the state.

It may be noted that Assam is one of the worst-affected states in the northeast region. The state has so far recorded nine deaths due to coronavirus.

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