Authorities have announced that a two-week lockdown will be imposed in Guwahati (Assam state) and the entirety of Kamrup Metropolitan district from 19:00 (local time) on Monday, June 29, until 18:00 on July 12 due to a sharp increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases identified in the area. During this period, individuals are banned from entering public spaces. All non-essential government and private offices, and all businesses, including shops selling food, will be closed. Public transport will also be suspended, and the use of private vehicles prohibited. Schools and places of worship will also be closed. Hospitals and pharmacies will remain open during this period, and the transport of essential goods will continue. Authorities stated that some measures may be relaxed following seven days of the lockdown. A curfew will also be in place between 19:00 and 07:00 in addition to a complete lockdown on weekends, during which only emergency services will be allowed to circulate.
As of Saturday, June 27, authorities have confirmed 490,401 cases of COVID-19 and 15,301 associated fatalities. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.
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