GUWAHATI: Assam’s Covid-19 death toll crossed the 2000-mark on Friday as 75 more people succumbed to the virus. At the same time, the state reported 4078 new cases.
Over 750 fatalities have occurred in the current month alone and the test positivity rate remained over 9% for the second consecutive day.
With most of deceased being above 50 years of age and belonging to Guwahati, chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Covid patients above the age of 50, who do not have a separate room with attached toilets, would have to be mandatorily shifted to COVID care centres or hospitals.
The chief minister cautioned that if the situation in Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia does not improve in the next seven days, the state government might consider imposing a lockdown in the three places.
Sarma reviewed the functioning of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and instructed to give immediate treatment to COVID patients even late at night by the on-duty doctors while ensuring regular monitoring of the patients.
He also stressed on the importance of strengthening tele-medicine system and directed to providing free oximeter to poor patients staying in home isolation. He also instructed the health department to press 100 additional ambulances into service for quickly bringing patients to COVID care centres or hospitals.
The chief minister told the media that efforts have been taken to conduct one lakh tests daily in the state while 20,000 people would be tested daily in Guwahati from May 17.

Source link Timesof India


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