GUWAHATI, April 16 - In view of five Assam districts being identified as novel coronavirus hotspots by the Union Health Ministry, Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi today appealed to the leaders and mentors of different socio-religious, cultural and sports organizations to impress upon their followers and members to strictly adhere to rules during the extended lockdown period of the pandemic.
Prof Mukhi said the lengthening of the mandatory stay-at-home period to 40 days has been necessitated to contain and control spread of the deadly virus in the country.
It may be noted here that the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday listed five districts in the State as COVID-19 hotspots, though all of them have been identified as �cluster hotspots�.
The Governor, while appealing to everybody to remain inside and not venture out unless it is extraordinarily an emergency situation, he observed that if the coronavirus situation spins further out of control, it will take a heavy toll on the human and economic health of the State as well as the country.
He, therefore, urged all to show their solidarity with Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s call to follow the lockdown extension till May 3, 2020, to break the chain of transmission induced by the novel coronavirus.
The Governor, at the same time, hailed the residents of the State for observing 21-day national lockdown assiduously and cooperating with the government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.