Not a single expert said that total lockdown is the solution.

The Assam government would partially relax Covid-19 restrictions in the state from June 15, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Chief minister Sarma said this while inaugurating the 300-bed Covid Care hospital at the Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati on Thursday.

“We will take some steps to lift restrictions from June 15. It will be more on a scientific pattern and after looking into the district-wise positivity rate,” Sarma added.

Sarma said the restrictions will be lifted earlier from those districts, which are showing more improvement in Covid-19 scenario.

“We can’t withdraw restrictions everywhere simultaneously because we have to save lives,” he added.

The state government on May 12 had directed that all offices, religious places and weekly markets be shut for 15 days while there was total ban on movement of people from 2 pm to 5 am.

The state government on May 4 had advanced the night curfew to 6 p.m from 8 p.m to 5 a.m which was imposed on April 27.

The government on May 15 had announced further restrictions in urban and its adjacent areas, upto five km of its periphery, banning movement of people and vehicles from 12 noon to 5 am to contain the surge in COVID-19 positive cases.

It imposed ban on movement of individuals from 12 noon to 5 am except for those going for vaccinations, medical emergencies and engaged in essential services.

All shops and commercial establishments were asked to be shut down at 11 am on all days.

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