With 39 New Covid-19 Cases Assam Witnesses Highest Spike Today
GUWAHATI: Assam has witnessed 39 new COVID-19 cases on May 19, marking the highest single-day jump till date. This took the state's total number of cases to 154.
The rate at which new coronavirus infections are being confirmed has shown no sign of slowing despite almost eight weeks of strict lockdown measures.
Out of the 39 cases reported in Assam on May 19, fourteen are from Sarusajai quarantine centre, seven are from Kamrup district, three are from Guwahati, two each from Hojai, Nalbari, Biswanath, Karimganj, Jorhat, Golaghat, Nagaon, and one from Kokrajhar district of the state.
"In view of the rising number, I earnestly request you to #StayAtHome and follow #SocialDistancing & hygiene norms," tweeted Himanta Biswa Sarma, the health and finance minister of the Assam, appraising the situation.
As authorities have just begun easing the lockdown measures in the state, many opine that lockdown relaxation may have contributed to the increase in coronavirus cases.
"The situation is getting grim. Rethinking on new strategy from the government is the need of the hour," opined Biswapriya Syam, a resident of Assam.
Similarly, another citizen said, "It's high time to clamp a strict lockdown. When there were 4/5 case then was strict lockdown and when there is increase in cases lockdown is only for name. No idea what government ideas and plans are."
It should be mentioned that with the increasing number of cases of positive coronavirus in the state capital Guwahati, new areas are being declared containment zones. On May 19, the district administration declared parts of Fatasil and Bhutnath as containment zones.
Earlier, some localities of Rukminigaon, Fancy Bazar, Fatasil Ambari, Shantipur, Kumarpara and Railway Colony were declared containment zones. The staff quarters of Dr B Barooah Cancer Hospital (BBCI), two hostels (no. 1 and 5) of GMCH, Spanish Garden and Amiyo Nagar in Guwahati too had been declared as containment zones earlier.