Easing inter-state movement led to spurt in COVID cases: Himanta

Guwahati: State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that the state is witnessing a sudden rise in Covid-19 cases after the Ministry of Home Affairs eased restrictions on interstate movement of people.

Addressing a press conference at the NHM office in Guwahati, the Minister said that the recovery percentage of the COVID-19 patients in India is almost 40%. So far 1, 12,359 people have been affected by COVID-19 in the country, out of which 45,300 patients have been recovered from this disease and were sent back to their homes.

In Assam, 191 COVID-19 cases were registered, out of which, 6 persons were released on Thursday afternoon (4 from Silchar Medical College Hospital, 2 from MMCH, Guwahati). So far 54 patients are sent back home in the state.

Sarma also highlighted the fact that the lifting of the ban in Inter-State Transport has also led to a rise in COVID-19 cases in neighboring states of Assam namely (Manipur- 25, Meghalaya-14, Tripura- 173 and West Bengal- 3,100).

Presenting the district wise breakup lists of the COVID-19 cases in Assam, Himanta said that Kamrup Metro has reported the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases so far.

Here’s the list: Kamrup (M)-37, Hojai- 23, Kamrup (R)- 16, Cachar-14, Golaghat- 14, Nagaon- 12, Morigaon-10, Nalbari-9, Goalpara-7, Jorhat- 7, Bongaigaon-6, Dhubri-5, Karimganj-5, Hailakandi- 4, Kokrajhar-4, Biswanath-3, Karbi Anglong-3, Tinsukia-3, Baksa-2, Sonitpur- 2, Chirang-1, Lakhimpur-1, Majuli-1, South Salmara Mankachar-1, Sivasagar-1.

It is to be noted that out of 33 districts in Assam, 8 districts reported having zero COVID-19 cases till now.

Also, mentioning about the sources of these 191 COVID-19 cases in Assam, Sarma said only 36 cases were reported from Tablighi Jamaat incident.

Apart from this 112 who tested COVID-19 positive had a travel history of other state/s. 32 cases are directly related to the Fancy Bazaar outbreak. However, the background of the 9 COVID-19 cases has not been established so far (Bongaigaon -4, Kamrup (M)-4 and Kamrup (R)-1).

Testing percentage in the state has risen and so far 40,000 testings have been done till date, in an average per day 1000-1200 tests are conducted, informed Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Himanta also said that no district will be categorized as red, orange or green zones, until a district has 200 active cases. The government has come up with a new containment policy which says that if any COVID-19 cases are found in a particular district, the Deputy Commissioner in association with the District Health Authority will visit the site will declare the area into CONTAINMENT ZONE and the nearby areas will be earmarked as BUFFER ZONE.

No activities will be permitted in the CONTAINMENT ZONES; however, few relaxations will be allotted in the BUFFER ZONES.

This decision is taken in order to normalize the economic activities in the districts.

Update: 7 more COVID-19 cases reported, 5 from Sonitpur, 2 from Lakhimpur.

↗️Total cases 210

↗️Recovered 54

↗️Active cases 149

↗️Deaths 04

↗️Migrated 03

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