Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma gave an analysis of the COVID-19 cases in the state so far during a press briefing on Saturday Credit: File image

Guwahati: Giving an analysis of the COVID-19 cases in the state so far, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that 82% of the 34 patients who tested positive for the virus were “silent carriers”, that is, they were asymptomatic.

Addressing a media briefing in Guwahati on Saturday evening, Sarma said that of the 34 cases in the state, 79% were male, while females accounted for 21%.

Further, all the cases fall in the age bracket of 18-71 years. As observed, the age bracket of 50-60 years has been found to be the most vulnerable, said the minister.

Giving details of the source of all the COVID-19 cases, he said 29 people were related to Nizamuddin Markaz, 4 to Athgaon Kabaristan, and for 1 case, the source has not yet been determined.

Meanwhile, Sarma said that the state is now enhancing its testing strategy. “Till now we were taking only throat swab, now we have decided to take both nasal and throat swab,” he added.

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