New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Himanta Biswa Sarma-led BJP government in Assam on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown in seven districts of the state in wake of the uptick in the COVID-19 cases recently.  The seven districts where total lockdown has been implemented are Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Morigaon.

The lockdown in these districts will be implemented from July 7 (tomorrow) and will remain in force till further orders by the Assam government. During the lockdown, the Assam government said that there will be round a clock curfew in the state. Meanwhile, commercial setups, restaurants and shops will remain closed during the total lockdown. 

The Assam government has also imposed a ban on public and private transport across the state from July 7 and has also suspended inter-state movement to and from Assam. 

This comes a day after Assams COVID-19 tally rose to 5,19,834 on Monday as 2,640 more people tested positive for the infection, while 31 fresh fatalities pushed the states coronavirus death toll to 4,683, a health bulletin said. Golaghat district registered the highest number of new cases at 333, followed by Sonitpur (233), Kamrup Metropolitan (197), and Jorhat (151).

Five persons succumbed to COVID-19 in Dibrugarh, four in Golaghat, three each in Jorhat and Sonitpur, two each in Cachar, Dhubri, Hailakandi and Hojai, and one each in Charaideo, Chirang, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Morigaon, Nalbari, Sivasagar, and Tinsukia districts.

NHM said 1,347 more COVID-19 patients have died till now, but the government's Death Audit Board has not included them in the tally of deaths caused by the COVID-19 virus as they had other ailments too.

The state now has 22,243 active cases, while 4,91,561 patients have recovered from the infection, including 2,521 in the last 24 hours. With a total of 5,19,834 COVID-19 positive cases in Assam, the overall positivity rate stands at 3.37 per cent against the total testing of 1,54,44,912 samples so far.

More than 76.85 lakh people have been inoculated so far, of whom 13.09 lakh have received both doses. As many as 57,601 persons were vaccinated on Monday, up from 41,631 shots administered on Sunday.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan