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Restrictions in State will continue in Unlock 3

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 30 - Notwithstanding the guidelines issued by the Centre for the Unlock 3 phase in the country, Assam government will continue with its own set of guidelines prohibiting a number of activities now allowed under the Central norms in order to effectively control further spread of COVID-19.

As many as 2,112 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in the last 24 hours, the highest in a day so far.

However, positivity was low at 5.14 per cent as around 41,028 tests were carried out. Kamrup (Metro) recorded the maximum number of cases at 283, followed by Nagaon (211), Kamrup (210) and Sonitpur (132).

The total number of positive cases jumped to 38,407, with the death toll reaching 94.

During the day, 1,248 patients were discharged from different hospitals. With this, the total number of discharged patients stands at 29,080.

Two more deaths due to COVID-19 infection were reported today � Aolepshi Jamir (57), of Kamrup (M) and Swapan Saha (45) of Darrang.

�We will not implement all guidelines of Unlock 3 at least for the time being,� Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

�We will be following the guidelines specified by the State government at least till August 15. The situation is showing slight signs of improvement. We cannot lose the work done and achieved so far with our restrictions to check the spread of COVID,� Sarma said.

Among the restrictions in place in the State are 12-hour night curfew, weekend lockdown in all urban areas and ban in inter-district movement of individuals.

The restriction in inter-district movement of people has been relaxed for two days from today, with specific guidelines for movement.

Besides, a few districts have their lockdowns and other restrictions as decided by the local administration.

Kamrup (Metro) district also has a number of specific restrictions in place, including rules for opening of shops, etc.

The Health Minister held a video-conference with principals, superintendents and doctors of all medical colleges and hospitals of the State for reviewing and firming up the way ahead.

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