At a time when many in Assam are speculating a possible lockdown in the State, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma clarified that imposing a lockdown in the entire State is not on the table. 

He, however, hinted that lockdown might be imposed in a few parts of the State, where surge in COVID-19 cases is high. 

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while briefing the media in Guwahati on Friday said that if the COVID-19 situation in the cities of Guwahati, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh doesn’t improve over the next one week, the State Government would be compelled to introduce more stricter measures to contain the spread. 

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CM Himanta Biswa Sarma made this statement after holding a meeting with the doctors and staff of the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) and National Health Mission (NHM). 

The Assam Chief Minister added that the Indian variant of Coronavirus is more fatal compared to the earlier variant. 

He also informed that the Assam Health Department is aiming at conducting 20 thousand tests in Guwahati from May 17. 

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Earlier, the Assam Government had issued an order stating that District authorities in Assam have been instructed by the State Government to paste posters outside the residences of COVID-19 positive patients.  

The step has been taken by the Assam Government to “protect the community at large from further spread of the COVID-19 virus”.  

“…there have been reports that some COVID positive persons do not observe COVID appropriate behaviour and end up spreading the infection among the uninfected persons who come in their contact,” read an official order signed by Assam Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah.  

“Therefore, it is necessary to put an identify mark, on places where such persons are self-isolated or quarantined, for the larger benefit of community,” the order added. 

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