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Covid-19 situation in the state has turned grim: Himanta Biswa Sarma

GUWAHATI: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that COVID-19 situation in the state has turned grave with 3000 fresh cases adding up everyday.

Sarma said, “If the situation continues we will have 90,000 patients in the month of September and that will be grave. Working for months together doctors and paramedics staff are experiencing fatigue.”

Sarma said around 1000 died of COVID-19 and post COVID-19 recovery.

Assam has decided to do away with night curfew and weekend lockdown after several months from Saturday onwards.

He said, “We have opened up due to economic reasons last month against the target of Rs 960 Crore our GST collection was Rs 590 Crore”.

He said that the government is preparing a standard operating procedure (SOP) to implement the directives of Gauhati High Court on following the COVID-19 protocol.

Gauhati High Court on Thursday has ordered punishment for those violating COVID-19 protocol like wearing masks.

The court observed that, “We are pained at recording that it is common knowledge that the residents of the State in market places and otherwise can be commonly seen without wearing any masks, or wearing masks below nose level which would result in spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We further find that people get together in groups in market places and in work environments without caring for their own health or the health of the others. Surely, no resident/citizen has the right to put his own life in jeopardy or put the life of the others at risk. For the said purpose various legislations have been made and in exercise of power various orders have been issued. The orders, however, apparently are being flouted because the punitive action provided thereunder is not being taken against the violators of the Government orders and notifications.”

Sarma said that a meeting will be held with the police and deputy commissioners to ensure that the SOP being prepared is implemented.The high court order will help the government convince the people to take adequate preventive measures.

The high court, he said, has directed the police to strictly enforce fines on persons not wearing masks.

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