Guwahati: Assam inches towards 7,000 COVID-19 cases after 273 new cases were detected on the state on Friday, June 26, taking the total toll to 6,919 cases.
The city of Guwahati alone saw a spike in the total number of COVID-19 positive cases on Friday. The city witnessed 203 COVID-19 positive cases. Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter and wrote, “Alert ~ 273 new #COVID19+ cases detected in Assam today. Guwahati city alone sees a surge of 203 cases today and time for us to follow lockdown instructions. Your cooperation is vital.
Total cases 6919
Active cases 2660
11:40 PM/ June 26/ Day’s total 273”
Assam government has also decided to impose a 14-day total lockdown in the city effective from Sunday midnight. Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma yesterday said that the lockdown comes in place as a substantial number of COVID-19 cases are being reported from the city. This lockdown will be even stricter than the nationwide Lockdown 1, as no commercial establishments, grocery shops, vegetable vendors or any kind of services will be allowed to open, except for pharmacies and hospitals.
Sarma in a recent Tweet also stated that an 800-bed temporary hospital for COVID-19 patients is now under construction at the Khanapara field in Guwahati. According to the minister, the makeshift hospital will soon be functional further increasing treatment capacity.
Meanwhile, the recovery rate continues to be high at 63.4% in the state with 214 patients now being discharged after they tested negative for the novel coronavirus. Sarma tweeted, “Discharge Alert
Happy that our discharge & recovery rate continues to be high at 63.4%. Today 214 more patients have been discharged in Assam.
Total Discharged Patients – 4247
Active Patients – 2387
6:55 PM/June 26/Day’s total 214”
Additionally, the state has conducted 3,62,713 tests so far with Guwahati Medical College & Hospital Hilltop lab leading the tally at 51,283 tests followed by Regional Medical Research Centre at 45,352 tests. Meanwhile, 88,720 tests were outsourced in the state.