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Assam extends curfew as infection rate spikes

Assam BJP chief Ranjit Kumar Dass spraying sanitiser on a vehicle in Guwahati on Tuesday.  

The Assam government on Tuesday extended the COVID-19 curfew from May 31 to June 5 in view of the jump in the infection rate over the last 48 hours.

Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua said the no-movement duration in the urban and semi-urban areas will continue to be of 17 hours from 12 noon to 5 a.m. with traders required to shut shop by 11 a.m.

The curfew timing in the rural areas has been stretched from 11 to 15 hours with immediate effect. Accordingly, shops and commercial establishments there will have to shut down by 1 p.m. for people to be prepared to stay indoors from 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. The earlier restriction was from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The order cites the usual exemptions for certain categories of people such as front-line and health workers and vehicles carrying essential commodities.

Active cases

Data provided by the Health and Family Welfare Department showed daily active cases had dipped from 5,980 on May 22 to 3,563 the following day.

But 6,221 cases were detected on Monday, taking the active caseload to 52,649 with the positivity rate being 5.16%.

Assam on Monday recorded 84 COVID-related deaths, up from 72 on Sunday.

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