No possibility of lockdown or night curfew in Assam

Guwahati, May 8 (UNI) Advising citizens not to panic, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thirsday said that there is no possibility of the lockdown or night curfew in the state.

“There is no possibility of lockdown or night curfew in Assam. I request everyone to get themselves tested if they have symptoms. There is no need to panic but we should remain alert,” Mr Sarma said here.

Addressing a press briefing, Mr Sarma said that the screening of COVID-19 has increased in Assam, “1 lakh COVID-19 tests are to be conducted in the next seven days, so that Bihu can be celebrated properly, we have to celebrate Bihu. Our healthline workers are all vaccinated and due to more tests, more coronavirus numbers will come up, there is no need to panic but people must be alert.”

Mr Sarma, in a recent interview with a news website, had claimed that it is not mandatory for the people of Assam to wear masks outside.

Mr Sarma said, “Those who are making fun of my statement on masks, must come to Assam and see how we have contained COVID-19 in comparison to the states like Delhi, Kerala, and Maharashtra along with the impressive recovery of our economy. We will celebrate Bihu also with the same enthusiasm this year.”

The statement was refuted by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.

As many as 104 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Guwahati (Kamrup Metro) in the last 24 hours, amid the second wave of coronavirus.

The Health & Family Welfare Department of Assam has instructed all healthcare institutions to get prepared to tackle the increase in COVID-19 cases.