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COVID-19: Assam govt relaxes curfew timings, allows inter-district movement

After reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the state, the Assam government on Tuesday relaxed its new guidelines and eased night curfew timings from 7 pm to 5 am, which was

After reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the state, the Assam government on Tuesday relaxed its new guidelines and eased night curfew timings from 7 pm to 5 am, which was earlier effective from 6 pm to 5 am.

The new standard operating procedure (SOP) will remain enforced from 5 am of August 18 until further orders.

The state government has allowed inter-district movement of private vehicles and people except to and from Kamrup (Metro) District. However, inter-district public transport remains suspended.

According to a statement issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA),

All work places, commercial establishments, restaurants, hotels, resorts, dhabas and other eateries, takeaway of food items from eateries, opening of sale counters, showrooms, cold storages and warehouses, shops dealing with groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths and animal fodder will be open up to 6 pm.

Fully vaccinated students have been permitted for attending physical classes in respect of final year of graduate / post-graduate engineering/medical colleges, GNM, nursing courses and that of Aeronautical Engineering College.

The guideline further stated that gathering at any open or closed spaces is allowed up to 200 persons in open spaces (for public function) and up to 50 per cent of the hall capacity or 200 fully vaccinated persons, whichever is lower in closed venues. Public gathering is allowed up to 25 persons for marriage/funeral programme.

Assam on Monday reported 758 new COVID-19 cases, 1,014 recoveries and 10 deaths. The daily positivity rate stood at 0.69 per cent.

There are 7,707 active cases taking the cumulative cases to 5,80,657. The recovery rate is 97.49 per cent while the case fatality rate is 0.95 per cent in Assam.

So far, 5,66,101 people have recovered from the infection and 5,502 have succumbed to the infection.

First Published: 17th August, 2021 16:52 IST

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