Assam: Liquor Shops in Chirang to be Closed amid Coronavirus Crisis

Assam: Liquor Shops in Chirang to be Closed amid Coronavirus Crisis

Assam Assam

Chirang, March 20, 2020:

Chirang district of Assam has promulgated the State Government's order to close down all the liquor shops, bars, salons, museums, libraries, and establishments of similar nature in a bid to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

As per the direction given by the Home and Political department, and Health and Family Welfare department, Government of Assam, the District Magistrate, Chirang Gautam Talukdar has promulgated the order to close down the above establishments with immediate effect. It will remain in effect until further orders.

It may be mentioned here that India has recorded a total of 223 cases of coronavirus. Four have died due to the infection. The fifth death of a foreign tourist in Jaipur has also been reported. Maharashtra has emerged as the worst affected State in the country with over 50 cases.

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245,967 people have been infected with the novel coronavirus globally, out of which, 147,454 are currently active or currently infected cases and 7,388 are in critical condition. 10,048 people have died so far due to coronavirus.

Keeping in view the figures of the death toll and positive cases across the globe, Assam also has taken the required preventive measures to contribute in curbing the spread in the country.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday confirmed that no positive reports of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 have been reported in the State so far. “16,508 have been screened so far in airports of Assam. In other places, such as through contact tracing and also at railway stations, 62,800 people have been screened so far," informed Sarma.

He added, “As long as there are no symptoms — if the person has come from outside, be it Karnataka or Kerala — they should quarantine themselves at home for 14 days. We will only take the people with symptoms to the medical colleges.”

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The Health Minister also said that the parents should quarantine the people at home. 1,003 people have been advised to be at home quarantine. In Assam, at least 41 people, showing symptoms, have been kept in isolation wards in medical colleges and hospitals.

“164 persons who were in home quarantine for 28 days have come out without showing any symptoms…57 samples have been tested so far, all have returned negative results — 39 in GMCH, 11 in RMRC, Dibrugarh, 3 in JMCH and 1 in SMCH. Confirmed conronavirus cases are NIL,” informed the Health Minister.

In the wake of coronavirus, the Assam Government has taken a slew of initiatives to deal with the situation, in case of any outbreak in the State.

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On Friday’s press conference, the Health Minister announced that Silchar has been accredited by the ICMR to test for signs of the virus, in addition to the already existing ones at Guwahati, Jorhat and Lahowal.

Assam Government had earlier also prohibited mass gatherings of all types in the State with effect from March 17. It has advised to stay away from “non-essential” social gatherings such as birthday parties and marriages.

The Assam Secretariat, Barber & Beauty Salons, Museums, Libraries, Liquor Shops, everything have been ordered to remain shut till March-end.

The Government has further postponed the upcoming elections in Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), which was scheduled on April 4, 2020.

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Edited By: Admin
Published On: Mar 21, 2020