GUWAHATI: Showing the much aggravating situation of the pandemic situation, the state of Assam on Saturday recorded 23 Covid-19 deaths.
Taking cognizance of the alarming situation, Assam’s health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Very sad and anguished to inform that 23 more Covid-19 positive patients have succumbed to the disease.”
Earlier on Saturday, the health & family welfare minister said that Assam has recorded 138,339 Covid-19 positive cases in the state so far.
“Out of these, 108,329 patients have recovered. Recovery rate is 78.3 per cent. There are still 29,558 active cases undergoing treatment at various hospitals of the state. So far, 430 patients have succumbed to the virus across the state. Dead rate is .31. It is still increasing,” he said.
According to the Minister, in August, the state reported 86,000 positive cases. “This month, over the last 10 days alone, we have got 30,000 positive patients. Based on this statistics, we are assuming that we will witness approximately 90,000 positive cases in the state in the month of September alone,” Sarma said.
According to the Minister, so far, 1304 patients were provided plasma.
“We have conducted 27 lakh tests so far. Highest number of dead is reported Kamrup metro district. Confirmed Covid-19 death in Kamrup metro district is 90 so far,” he said.
He highlighted that after Kamrup metro district, the numbers of deaths in other districts are – Dibrugarh – 63, Cachar – 29, Tinsukia – 26, Karimganj – 27, Kamrup (rural) 19, Jorhat – 19.
So far, the districts of South salmara, dima Hassao and Biswanath has not recorded any death. Goalapara and Majuli has recorded one death each.
Sarma said that the health department will inaugurate two big tanks in Guwahati to store oxygen in advance to overcome possible crisis. “The inauguration will be done on September 15 and 16 in Guwahati. GMCH will face no shortage. Installation of big tanks is on at the GMCH premises,” he further said.
He stressed that the state government has also decided to install oxygen tanks in Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Silchar.
The big oxygen tanks that are being installed at the GMCH will replace the usage of the normal oxygen cylinders. The tank consists of liquid oxygen which will supply oxygen directly to the cabins with a substation regulating the pressure.
The tank has been installed following the high demands of oxygen in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state.