GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - With the State government relaxing lockdown guidelines from today, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said it is up to the people to ensure that the COVID-19 situation does not deteriorate from here.
�Coronavirus is not over. Yes, life has become somewhat normal from today in the State. But a lot will depend on the people now, to sustain this normalcy,� Sarma said.
He said people need to follow all the COVID-19 protocols, particularly social distancing and use of masks at public places.
�If people do not follow the guidelines, the government will again have to consider another lockdown,� he added.
Barring socio-cultural and political gatherings, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places, the government has allowed other activities from today. The weekend lockdowns will also continue in the entire State.
The State�s positivity rate shot up again yesterday and reached 6.46 per cent.
As many 20,367 tests were carried out on Sunday of which 1,371 were positive for COVID-19. Kamrup Metro recorded the highest � 233 cases.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the State stands at 76,875, while 55,215 patients have been released so far. The death toll reached 197.
Meanwhile, eight more COVID patients � Priyabrata Acharjee (64) of Tinsukia, Upen Deka (60) of Darrang, Banwari Lal Todi (69) of Dibrugarh, Jibon Roy (45) and Mozibur Islam Hazari (57) of Cachar, Matiur Rahman (65) of Golaghat, Junah Chetry (24) of Udalguri and Suren Mahanta (78) of Kamrup � died today.