Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday reviewed the COVID situation with district commissioners and superintendent of police through a video conference and directed the district authorities to focus on micro-containment zones in the wards as the go-to-strategy to combat Covid in the state.
The decision came following the rising mortality in COVID 19 patients in the state, especially in Guwahati city.
Informing about the development during a press conference in Guwahati, Kamrup Metro, Deputy Commissioner, Biswajit Pegu said, “As per our data analysis from last 7 to 10 days, very soon we are going to declare few wards in the city as micro-containment zones.”
In the meanwhile, due to a gradual decrease in the positivity rate of COVID-19 during the past two weeks in the three containment zones in Guwahati city, the district administration has withdrawn the containment order on Sunday.
Earlier, ward numbers 8, 16 and 28 were declared as containment zones as the areas recorded more than 400 active COVID-19 cases.
The DC also mentioned that from May 9 to May 15, around 70,183 Covid-19 tests have been conducted in the Kamrup Metro district, of which 9,160 people were tested positive for COVID-19. The positivity rate in Kamrup Metro district has declined from 15% to 13%.
DC Pegu also informed that there has been a surge in the death cases in Kamrup metro in the past couple of days. “The main reason for a spike in death cases are due to late reporting to the hospital or late reporting for tests. Maximum people come to the hospital after their oxygen level drops down. Those patients succumbed to the disease within 48 hrs. I urge people to come out and get themselves tested if they feel any kind of discomfort in their bodies,” added DC Pegu.
Till Saturday, Kamrup Metro district alone reported 573 death cases, DC Pegu stated.
The administration is also planning to operationalize two more cremation grounds in the city, in addition to the existing four cremation grounds.
On the other hand, City Police Commissioner, Munna Prasad informed the media that after the imposition of the fresh Assam Government’s SOP from May 14 onwards, the city traffic police have collected Rs 8.25 lakh as fines from traffic defaulters.
At least 279 vehicles have been seized by the city police.
Around 1900 non-FIR cases have been registered against the defaulters for violating COVID protocols.
Also, Rs 9.55 lakh have been collected as fines from defaulters for not wearing masks in public places.