Guwahati: The COVID-19 cases in Assam witnessed an alarming spike on Saturday as the number of daily cases is closing to the 3,000 mark.
The state today recorded fresh 2,348 cases of COVID-19 among which 870 was reported from the Kamrup metro district which comprises the Guwahati city.
Moreover, the state also witnessed five fatalities due to the virus. The positivity percent of the state now stands at 7.80 percent.
The fresh cases on Saturday were detected out of 30,109 tests conducted throughout the state. Meanwhile, the recovery rate of Assam stands at 96.44 percent.
On Friday, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state will presume all COVID-19 cases of the omicron variant.
Sarma said there has been a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases being reported in the state and the government did not want to waste precious time waiting for a confirmatory genome sequencing test.
The chief minister said Covid-19 infections are expected to cross the infection’s peak seen in the first two phases of the pandemic, a daily count of 6,500 new cases, between January 20 and January 30.
On Thursday, Assam recorded 844 new cases.The chief minister said that testing, which is around 30,000 daily at present, will soon be ramped up to nearly 100,000 daily.
There will be compulsory testing at airports and railway stations of incoming passengers who are non-vaccinated or have only taken one vaccine dose.Sarma said Assam has around 9,000 beds available for Covid-19 patients and it will be increased to 25,000 beds in the coming days.
Till Friday afternoon, Assam administered 38.5 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. Of this 22.3 million are first dose recipients and 16.2 million have received both doses.