Lockdown 4.0 LIVE: As all state administrations and airports are gearing up for the resumption of domestic flights, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has urged people not to return to the state unless “absolutely necessary” as 70 more people tested positive for coronavirus, the highest single-day jump, taking the total tally to 329. Also Read - 'Look at This Beauty': Internet Left Amazed After Pictures of India's Only 'Golden Tiger' Go Viral
He also said that the situation in Assam has reached a challenging phase and the government will write to other states to ensure that buses and trucks carrying people without maintaining social distancing are not allowed movement. Also Read - Assam Lockdown Extension News Today: Shutdown in Kamrup Extended Till July 19 | List of What's Open, What's Shut Here
Ten new cases were reported on Saturday, in addition to 53 in the afternoon and seven in the morning. Out of the total number of positive cases, 268 are active, while 54 people have recovered from the disease and discharged from hospitals. Four people have so far died due to the contagion in Assam. Also Read - 'Achcha Chalta Hu Duaon Mein Yaad Rakhna': Assam Boy's Singing Performances go Viral After Death, Twitter Turns Emotional | WATCH
“The situation in Assam has reached a challenging phase. Assam is not safe and people from other states should not return home if it is not absolutely necessary,” Sarma said.
The state government will write to other states to ensure that buses and trucks carrying people without maintaining social distancing are not allowed movement, he said.
“There has not been a single positive case among students whose travel was arranged under the supervision of the state government as strict COVID protocols were followed,” he said.
The minister said that quarantine of people coming from outside the state will be strictly enforced as “ruthless quarantine with humane heart is our policy”. “We will not allow anyone to go for home quarantine before spending seven full days in institutional facilities,” he asserted.
Around 1,15,920 people have returned to the state from other parts of the country, while 17,895 people have left Assam, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) G P Singh said.
Eighteen Shramik special trains have reached Assam from Chennai, Coimbatore, Bengaluru, Lingampally, Kanpur, Hyderabad and Mumbai, he added.
(With PTI Inputs)