COVID-19: Diphu goes silent on the first day of nationwide lockdown

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DIPHU, Mar 25: The usually busy streets, markets and highways in and around Diphu town were eerily empty on Wednesday as the country has been placed under lockdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

KAAC authority has issued a notification on March 23 stating that Karbi Anglong district will be on a complete lockdown from the evening of March 24 while prime minster announced for a complete nationwide lockdown for 21 days during his speech on March 24 at 8:00 pm.

While the town saw panic-stricken crowds rushing to buy essential commodities on March 24, the market as well as the streets carried a deserted look on the first day of nationwide lockdown on Wednesday. Only emergency service vehicles were seen plying on the road while people remained indoors and private vehicles were off the roads. Only police personnel, medical staff and mediapersons were seen moving around. Personnel on duty were strict enough to restrict people to move around and the public were very cooperative with them at the same time.

While it is announced beforehand that essential services such as grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacies, petrol pumps, telecoms, postal services and restaurants that deliver food are exempted from the lockdown, the whole market was completely locked down in Diphu town during morning hours while one or two pharmacies were in function in the later part of the day.