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Guwahati Accounts For One-Fourth of Assam’s Total COVID-19 Cases

Nehal Jain | August 22, 2020 12:34 hrs

GUWAHATI: With over 23,000 cases of Covid-19, Kamrup (M) is the worst affected district in Assam. 


While the situation is grim, the state has entered the ‘Unlock’ phase with businesses and vehicles allowed to operate five days a week. 


Assam and northeast’s biggest city Guwahati is in focus following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. With a total of over 23,000 cases of coronavirus being reported in capital of Assam, Guwahati (Kamr


up M) is the worst affected district by the dreaded virus. 


It accounts for over one-fourth of the total caseload of Assam. The present coronavirus tally of Assam stands at 87,908, of which 22,082 are currently active. The number of persons cured and discharged stands at 65,596 while the death toll is at 227.Three persons have migrated to other states. 



In Kamrup (M), the coronavirus tally stands at 23,125 out of which 14,599 cases are currently active.
 

The above numbers are from data published by Government of Assam on their COVID-19 Dashboard website.


It should be mentioned that Guwahati registered 719 new COVID-19 positive cases on August 14 - its highest single-day spike in the number of infections so far.  


Expressing concerns regarding the situation of the state capital, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma termed the situation as “extremely critical” and urged residents to be very careful.


As Assam continues to register thousands of new cases every day, the Assam government has been strengthening its fight against COVID-19. 


An increasing number of tests are being conducted across the state while medical facilities and infrastructure are being amped up. Assam has so far conducted tests of close to 20 lakh samples, with a positivity rate of approximately 5%.
 

On August 12, over 1.43 lakh samples were examined for COVID-19 in a day in Assam. "We have been continuously stepping up our #COVID testing. I am so proud to share that in the last 24 hours, team Assam carried out 143,109 tests. This takes the total test conducted in Assam to a record high of 15,73,800," informed state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma via social media update.



It should be mentioned that starting from August 16, Assam entered ‘Unlock 3.0’ with the government of Assam issuing fresh set of guidelines “after due consideration of the COVID situation as it prevails in the state of Assam and taking into consideration latest directives issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.”


While the weekend lockdown stays in place, curfew timings have been changed. 
“Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9:30 PM and 5 AM with effect from August 16, 2020,” states the order by chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna. 


Further, shops on both sides of the streets have now been allowed to open from Monday to Friday. 


Inter-district movement of vehicles has been allowed between Monday to Friday with 50% capacity. 


City buses have also been allowed to operate with 50% capacity. However, social, cultural, political, sports, entertainment, religious functions, and gatherings continue to be prohibited. Cinema halls, swimming pools, assembly halls, and likes also remain closed.
 

Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 tally as on August 20 stands at 29,05,823 with 54,849 deaths. A total of 21,58,946 COVID-19 patients have recovered from the infection, taking the recovery rate to 74.30 per cent.


Further, there have been a total of 2,26,57,915 confirmed coronavirus cases across the world according to the latest update. This includes 73,44,866 people who are being treated, 1,45,19,591 who have recovered and 7,93,458 who have died.
 

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