Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday ruled out the possibility of a night curfew or a lockdown in the state.

Sarma, who earlier had said that there is no need to wear a mask as coronavirus has gone from Assam, on Thursday took U-turn and appealed to people to remain alert as COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

“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,” Minister Sarma said.

Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, many states have started imposing semi-lockdowns or night curfews to curb the spread of the virus.

Assam recorded 195 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (April 7), taking the coronavirus caseload to 2, 19,027, a bulletin issued by National Health Mission (NHM) said.

The active cases rose to 847 while 2, 15,722 people recovered from the disease including 31 on Wednesday. While the COVID-19 death toll in the state stood at 1,111.

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