The district administration has ordered closure of Jorhat’s main market at Baghmibar Nilomoni Phukan Road, popularly known as Newville Road, due to violation of Covid19 protocol by the fish, fruit and vegetable vendors.

The market will remain closed for the next seven days.

The order issued by Jorhat deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman stated that in view of Covid19 pandemic and to contain the spread of the pandemic in the district the vegetable and fruit vendors will not be allowed to open shops at Newville Road till June 1.

In the morning, DC Barman and new Jorhat superintendent of police Ankur Jain inspected the road to take stock of the situation after many people complaining on the social media about heavy rush of people, many thronging the place in vehicles to buy fish, vegetables or fruits, thereby leading to a chaotic situation.

Deputy commissioner Barman after inspecting the site told newspersons that the district administration was thinking of shifting the vendors to other open areas in different groups to prevent this kind of disorderly and disarray situation in the area.

In the last 24 hours, Assam has reported 92 more Covid19 deaths and 5,767 new positive cases.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet on Tuesday evening said the new cases were confirmed out of 1,14,315 tests.

The Assam chief minister informed that the overall positivity percentage of the state was 5.04% on Tuesday.

In the last 24 hours, India recorded 1,96,427 daily new Covid19 positive cases.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com