Assam shuts markets after people crowd to buy essentials

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said with contribution from people and MPs, the state will come up with four to five new hospitals inthe next two months for Covid-19 treatment. To treat patients Assam has decided to decongest its medical...

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Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Advance planning is pertinent in fight against Covid-19.
Guwahati: Assam has decided all markets will remain closed until further orders except, grocery and pharmacy, after the relaxation on Friday saw people crowding vegetable markets in violation of social distancing norms.

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said with contribution from people and MPs, the state will come up with four to five new hospitals inthe next two months for Covid-19 treatment. To treat patients Assam has decided to decongest its medical colleges and ink MOU with private hospitals to treat the the patients of medical colleges.

Kumar Sanjay Krishna, chief secretary, Assam has issued the following directions. “All markets will remain closed until further order except grocery and pharmacy. Grocery shops will also provide vegetables, fruits, eggs, gingers, garlic and water etc. Deputy Commissioners will organise distribution of vegetable etc. through mobile vans in all areas in alternate days. All meat, fish shops will remain closed till March 31. It will be reviewed on April 1, 2020.”


Sarma said, “Advance planning is pertinent in fight against Covid-19. We have worked out with 34 private hospitals and nursing homes of Guwahati.”
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