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    Assam Government to Begin ‘COVID-19 AG Test’, Results Within Hours: says Sarma

    Guwahati: Assam’s health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said that the state government will launch a new coronavirus testing model, ‘COVID-19 AG test’ from day after tomorrow.

    According to Sarma, the new testing model will generate the sample result within an hour. “The new testing will be conducted collecting nasal swab. One will get the result within an hour and a half,” he said.

    The minister said, “The critical phase has started from four to five days ago in the state. Now we have to change our testing pattern. We will conduct a training programme on the new testing model for the medical staff tomorrow. Accordingly, we will be unveiling our new testing model from the very next day.”  

    The development came hours after Union Home Minister Amit Shah called Sarma and took stock of the upsurge of Covid-19 in the state.

    “Union Home Minister Amit Shah called me up on Tuesday and expressed his concern on the deteriorating Covid-19 situation and suggested testing of ten thousand samples a day. Subsequent to that telephone call, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research had a followed up video conferencing with our principal secretary, health. They suggested a new testing model under which we will be able to produce results of a testing within an hour,” Sarma said.

    The Minister stressed that in the new testing model, if someone is tested positive, it will be a confirmed positive. “Once tested positive, one will not need to go for a second test. However, if tested negative, one has to go for second test. The further test will be issued after three days,” Sarma said.

    To disburse the test reports in a faster manner, Sarma also highlighted the launching of a new COVID specific websites – covidassam.in. “From now on the persons who went for testing will get their reports through this website just by putting the SRF number given during the time of testing,” he said.  

    According to the Minister, the old reports will not be available in the website. The website will contain around 3.42 lakh test reports available for downloading out of 4.70 lakh test done so far.

    Currently, there are total 1538 beds ready for Covid-19 treatment. Out of these, 987 beds are already occupied. “We are working to arrange another 1500 covid care beds in Guwahati shortly. We are going to establish a plasma bank within next four to five days. We are also readying for plasma treatment,” he added.

    As of date, Assam has recorded 8547 active cases of coronavirus. However, 5647 patients have already been released. The percentage of recovery is said to be 66 while the rate of mortality is .14 and so far 12 persons have died of COVID 19 in the state.

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