COVID-19 situation in Assam “a little alarming”: Himanta

COVID-19 situation in Assam “a little alarming”: Himanta

Guwahati, May 3 (PTI) The COVID-19 situation in Assam
is “a little alarming” with nearly 5,000 positive cases and
the highest of 41 deaths reported on Tuesday, Health Minister
Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The state has reported 4,475 new COVID-19 cases during
the day taking the tally to 2,67,925 while the death toll has
increased to 1,430 with the 41 fatalities, including 15 from
Kamrup Metro.

Sarma said that with about 5,000 COVID-19 cases
reported everyday the “situation in Assam is becoming a little
alarming”. However, “we are prepared and measures are on to
scale up ICU and hospital beds”.

The minister said that the vaccination for people in
the age group of 18-44 years will be “launched symbolically
from Wednesday but it shall be in full swing from May seven”.

“Our vaccination for 18-44 age category gets a booster
shot as we have received a fresh batch of 1.5 lakh Covaxin
doses from Bharat Biotech”, he said.

Vaccines will be administered to 100 journalists
Wednesday at the Gauhati Press Club as a part of the symbolic

The daily deaths have also increased with 41 deaths
during the day, the highest since the outbreak of the disease
last year.

The death rate is currently 0.53 per cent and the
number of COVID-19 positive patients dying due to other cases
is 1,347.

Kamrup (Metro) reported the highest of 15 deaths on
Tuesday, followed by Bongaigaon four, Jorhat and Udalguri
three each, Darrang, Golaghat, Kamrup(Rural) and Tinsukia with
two deaths and Baksa, Barpeta, Dibrugarh, Goalpara, Nagaon,
Nalbari and Soniptpur reported one death each, according to
the bulletin of the National Health Mission, Assam.

The 4,475 new cases detected during the day include
1,417 from Kamrup Metro, 422 from Dibrugarh, 406 from Kamrup
Rural and 222 from Nagaon

The new cases were detected out of 55,003 tests
conducted Tuesday with the daily positivity rate at 8.14 per
cent while the cumulative tests conducted in the state so far
is 87,93,697.

The number of recovered patients discharged on Tuesday
is 2,851 and the total recoveries so far is 2,37,088 with the
recovery rate being 88.49 per cent.

The cumulative total beneficiaries who have been
vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines in the state till date is
27,45,383 of which 21,47,699 have received the first dose and
5,97,684 have received both the dose.

Meanwhile, the Assam government on Tuesday advanced
the night curfew to 6 pm from the current 8 pm.

The order will come into effect from Wednesday and
remain in force till further orders.

Night curfew was imposed on April 27 till May one and
on April 30, it was further extended to May seven. PTI DG

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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