New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Assam on Friday declared lockdown in Guwahati for the next two weeks starting Sunday midnight. The government also announced 12-hour night curfew across the state during the period. The decision comes in wake of the sharp spike in coronavirus cases in the capital city. 

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that there will be a complete lockdown in the entire Kamrup Metropolitan district for the next two weeks and only medical stores will be allowed to open.  

"Weekend lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays to be enforced in urban areas in Assam. Areas falling under the jurisdiction of town committees and municipalities will come under the ambit of the weekend lockdown and will continue until further notice," he said. 

Guwahati, the gateway to the northeast region, has reported 762 coronavirus cases since June 15, and 677 of them have no travel history, though many had come in contact with those returned to the state from outside, the minister told reporters.

Of the 276 cases reported in the state on Thursday, 133 were from Guwahati, he said.

"We are now left with no choice but to impose a complete lockdown for 14 days from June 28 midnight, and this time it will be very strict as no grocery shops will be allowed to open or supply of vegetables and other essentials will be permitted for the first seven days," he said.

The state government will review the lockdown situation in Guwahati after seven days from the enforcement of the restrictions, he said.

Assam is one of the worst-hit state in Northeast from the novel coronavirus. According to the Health Ministry data, the state has so far recorded over 6,300 infections and nine fatalities. 

The move comes just days before the fifth phase of lockdown, also the first phase of Centre's lockdown exit plan, comes to an end on June 1. The fifth phase of lockdown was focused with restrictions only in containment zones while several relaxations, including opening of shopping malls, religious places and uninterrupted intra- and inter-state travel, were allowed in June. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta