July 16, 2020 | 12:57 AM IST
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Rising Coronavirus cases lead to lockdown in Guwahati; TN conducts 1-million testings

While India prepares to enter the second phase of Unlock 2.0 on June 30, the Assam government has announced that Guwahati will once again face a stringent 14-day lockdown from Sunday evening due to the current spike in Coronavirus cases.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that ‘nothing except pharmacies, laboratories, and hospitals will remain open’. Around 133 people on Thursday and 273 people on Friday tested positive for the disease in Guwahati.

Since June 15, over 700 fresh cases, with no travel history of Coronavirus, have been reported in Guwahati taking the state’s count to 6,600. As of now, the daily testings have been increased to 15,000.

On the other hand, Tamil Nadu has become the first state to cross the million-testing mark. The per-day testings have increased since June 11 when it carried out 16,829 (11.4%) tests and till June 25 the number had increased to 32,543 (10.78%).  On Saturday, the state’s positive cases’ tally reached 74,622 figure.

On the national front, the Centre is planning to ease the international air travel on selected routes from mid-July while the metros, schools, colleges, and universities will continue to remain closed. This has been done in view of the growing Novel Coronavirus cases in the country. On Saturday, India reached the 5,08,953 mark of total confirmed Covid-19 cases.

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