Tinsukia: Amid a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) in Assam‘s Dibrugarh district has suspended its OPD services for two weeks starting Friday.

The decision was taken after a meeting of all stakeholders on Thursday. Dibrugarh recorded a positivity rate of above 11 per cent with 456 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Confirming the development, AMCH superintendent Prasanta Dihingia said, “As per discussion with the district authority, it has been decided to close the OPD services for a period of two weeks with immediate effect and until further order.”

However, regular emergency services will continue round the clock as before, he added.

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According to Dihingia, the step was taken to depute additional medical teams in COVID wards.

“The number of patients in the OPD has decreased in the past few days in view of the COVID-19 situation,” sources added.

According to sources, during the period, all staffers of AMCH have been directed to remain present in their respective departments for rendering their services.

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