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Guwahati: The Kamrup (METRO) district administration has decided to declare areas with more COVID-19 cases as containment zones. The Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (M) Biswajit Pegu on Wednesday said that Wards 28, 16 & 8 have been identified as COVID hotspot.

Speaking to the media, the deputy commissioner said that the wards will be declared as Containment Zone in order to stop further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Three wards have been identified as hotspots and more number of cases has been witnessed in the last one week in these wards. We are working on it and will declare the wards as containment zones,” the DC added.

The maximum COVID-19 cases has been registered from Beltola, Basistha, Fatashil Ambari, Barshapara, Dhirenpara, Kumarpara, AT Road, Machkhowa, Bhootnath, Khanapara, Panjabari, Hatigaon, Ulubari, Rehabari, DGP Complex, Bilpara, Solapara, Pandu, Maligaon, Narengi, and Banda, the DC said.

The COVID-19 situation in Assam is “a little alarming” with nearly 5,000 positive cases and the highest of 41 deaths reported on Tuesday, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The state has reported 4,475 new COVID-19 cases during the day taking the tally to 2,67,925 while the death toll has increased to 1,430 with the 41 fatalities, including 15 from Kamrup Metro.

Sarma said that with about 5,000 COVID-19 cases reported everyday the “situation in Assam is becoming a little alarming”. However, “we are prepared and measures are on to scale up ICU and hospital beds”.

The minister said that the vaccination for people in the age group of 18-44 years will be “launched symbolically from Wednesday but it shall be in full swing from May seven”.

“Our vaccination for 18-44 age category gets a booster shot as we have received a fresh batch of 1.5 lakh Covaxin doses from Bharat Biotech”, he said.

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