Guwahati: To provide a further boost to Assam's ability to fight the Covid-19 outbreak, the Patanjali Yogpeeth in Mirza, Palashbari is being converted into a 250-bedded COVID-19 facility by the state's health department.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today visited the facility with officials to review the arrangements at the centre. "Our efforts to step up infrastructure for #COVID19 management continues. A quarantine centre is being converted into a 250-bed Covid Hospital at Patanjali Yogpeeth, Mirza, Palashbari. I visited it along with senior health officials today and reviewed all arrangements", he tweeted afterwards.
Meanwhile, in the adjacent Kamrup (M) district, tensions continue to run high due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. A lockdown will come into effect in the urban area from Sunday, June 27, to arrest the spread of the respiratory illness.
This new phase of lockdown, which will last for 14 days, will see the authorities placing severe restrictions on the movement of persons and only medical services will be given a free pass.
During the lockdown period, only 3 categories of people will be allowed to enter the city. "First, the people who have to come to Guwahati to board flights, secondly, the people who have to board trains, and thirdly, those who have come to the city due to some medical emergencies." In regards to inter-state and inter-district movement, Gupta said that only the people with plane and train tickets shall be allowed transit. "They must keep tickets in their hands at all times. ASTC will arrange special buses, and the travelers can go to their destinations", Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta said in a presser earlier today.