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Trade to Bangla via Karimganj comes to a halt

By ANN Service

NILAMBAZAR, March 24 - Along with the rest of the country, the Karimganj district administration has also made war-like preparations to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

As a pre-emptive step, Deputy Commissioner MP Ambumuthan has issued an order to stop all business activities as well as export and import business between India and Bangladesh. While talking to ANN Service, the DC said that as per direction of the government of Assam, the Karimganj district administration has stopped entry of any persons through the Sutarkandi land port and Kalibari ferry customs under Karimganj district from Bangladesh and all export and imports have been stopped until further orders.

The Deputy Commissioner has also prohibited all types of markets, haats and the movement of public and private vehicles so as to avoid gatherings. He has also directed all shops and commercial establishments to remain closed until further orders.

The Karimganj district administration will take stern action if people coming from outside the State or abroad fail to follow the guidelines of home quarantine, according to the District information and Public Relations Officer SH Choudhury.

Taking to this correspondent, Choudhury said, �Till now, the administration has been appealing to such people to keep themselves isolated in their homes. But it will have no alternative except the use of force to make them follow the guidelines of home quarantine for 14 days, in case the people don�t follow those.�

However, pharmacies, clinical establishments, grocery shops and those selling essential items, petrol pumps, LPG outlets, printing press, fish, meat and vegetable markets maintaining proper hygiene have been exempted from the closure notice.

It may be mentioned that, at least 30 persons have been put under home quarantine in Karimganj district. The administration has designated some buildings as quarantine facilities together with a separate isolation ward at the civil hospital and at Ramkrishna Nagar Hospital.

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