Floods impact Assam annually affecting major portions of the states and displacing lakhs. Last year, in one of the worst reported floods in the decade, all 33 districts of the state were affected.
Curfew timings have been changed from 6 pm - 6 am to 7 pm to 7 am in Assam. Shops can run at full capacity on all days of the week, except in containment zones.
Sonowal added that according to a study by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Assam has suffered losses of one thousand crore rupees per day during the lockdown.
From an 18-month-old with a heart condition to a 76-year-old man with cancer, a group of 150 made it back to Guwahati after a four-day-long journey from Mumbai. On Thursday, seven of them tested positive.
Assam has reported 86 Covid cases so far of which 40 patients have been treated and discharged. Guwahati city has seen 22 cases in the last 24 hours of which 15 are contacts of an earlier positive case.
While all those who enter will be put into compulsory 14-day quarantine, the testing policy is a marked change from the government’s earlier stated position that everyone arriving in the state from ‘red zones’ of the country will be tested.
Conservationist and authority on Asian rhinos, Bibhab Talukdar feels that the presence of AK-47 cartridges implies that it was a well-organised crime.
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A resident of Karimganj district in Barak Valley, the man is a senior member of the Tablighi Jamaat. He was a madrasa teacher and ran a small business. He was found to be suffering from blood cancer in February.
The minister also announced a ‘Community Surveillance Programme’ to check COVID-19 spread at the village level. As a part of this, health workers will visit homes to identify flu-like cases/respiratory symptoms.
Jamal Uddin, who hails from Hasanpur village of Karimganj district in Assam’s Barak Valley region, is a senior member of the Tablighi Jamaat.
While the state remains under a curfew from 6pm to 6 am, the new notice has relaxed timings for a number of services — especially those involved in industries, businesses and other economic activities.
"Normalcy will not return immediately — we will gradually try to bring normalcy. But in the meanwhile, we should make sure that public health concerns should not go away from people’s minds,” Sarma said.
Confusion marked small enterprises through the city. Unsure about what they should do on the first day of the lockdown, many chose to half open shutters and clean their shops.
Out of 33 districts in Assam, all but four are in ‘orange’ zones — the rest are in ‘green’ zones. There would be no relaxation in lockdown in the areas falling under orange zones whereas the green zones will have additional restrictions, in comparison to the guidelines by the Centre.
Assam health and finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said from May 5, health department has decided to send one doctor each to every village of the state, within a span of 20 days, to screen people for influenza like infection and respiratory diseases.
On Friday, Rajveer and other officials visited the village and spoke to community elders, who told the police that there was lack of awareness in some villagers about the Covid-19 outbreak.
A decade-old bamboo furniture project finds new relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Assam government made it mandatory for department heads to obtain permission from the finance department before approving implementation of schemes.
Now that it is over, and his friend Vivian Remsanga has been laid to rest, Malchhanhima is tired, barely able to keep up with his buzzing phone.