GUWAHATI: The Assam government warned of total lockdown in as many as seven districts of the state from June 23, Wednesday, said Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, if COVID cases continue to rise.
Notably, unlike the other districts in the state of Assam, the coronavirus pandemic situation in these districts has been worsening more, compelling the government to take the decision.
While addressing a presser in Duliajan, Chief Minister Sarma said that the total lockdown may be imposed in Sonitpur, Dibrugarh, Cachar, Nagaon, Tinsukia, Golaghat, Jorhat, and Biswanath after taking stock of the COVID-19 infection as these districts are continuously reporting a huge number of coronavirus cases.
The state government may announce a 10-day lockdown in about six to seven districts this week if the positivity rate and overall cases do not improve.
"In districts like Biswanath, the infection has gone up significantly in the last three days. Assessment of the districts will be done on Wednesday," Sarma added.
Meanwhile, the Darrang district administration is all set for a massive vaccination drive starting from June 21 (Monday), aimed at those above 18 years of age.
Addressing a meeting of senior officials of district administration and health services on Saturday, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Vaccination) Sanjib Kumar Bora stated that the aim was to vaccinate at least 7,000 people on daily basis.
To be operational from 8 AM onwards, more than 50 vaccination centres - for those above 18 years and above, without any upper age limit - have been earmarked by the district administration for this purpose.
ADC Bora stated that beneficiaries would be administered either first or second dose of the vaccine - depending on their requirements. Arrangements have been made for the on-spot registration of beneficiaries, for which they will have to produce valid identity proof such as Aadhar, PAN card, or voter identity card.