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The Dhemaji district in North Assam has witnessed an alarming increase of Covid-19 cases positive cases for the last three days.

Following the report of large scale spread of the virus at Gogamukh, the administration has imposed ‘total lockdown’ within Gogamukh market area effective from Friday.

The District Magistrate of Dhemaji cum chairman of District Disaster Management Authority, Narsing Pawar imposed the lockdown to contain the virus.

The magisterial order issued under section 144 CrPC and Section-34 of Disaster Management Act, 2005 prohibited on opening of shops and commercial establishments, educational institutions, and government and private offices and even OPD medical services within the specifies area besides barring unauthorised movement of persons and vehicles till 7.00 pm of July 10 next.

Earlier on June 26, the District Magistrate promulgated ‘Night curfew’ in the entire district and also imposed total lockdown in Dhemaji and Silapathar Municipal areas on all Saturday and Sundays, which is still in force.

The two-day lock down has also been extended to Jonai bazaar (rural town) from Sturdy.

As per District Health department report, Covid-19 active cases till July 2 (Thursday) were 66, but the figure is mounting to 91 with two new entries on Saturday.

The infected people are being treated in the isolation ward of Dhemaji Civil Hospital and Silapathar Model Hospital.

One of the Covid-19 patients is kept in Gogamukh isolation centre, while another complicated case has been admitted in Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh.

The district health department so far has registered 219 covid-19 positive cases, out of which 128 discharged after medical treatment and repeatedly tested covid-19 negative.

Prafulla Kaman

Prafulla Kaman is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dhemaji. He can be reached at: pkradio16@gmail.com