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Assam records 5 more COVID-19 deaths; 1665 new cases

GUWAHATI: Assam recorded five more deaths due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,150, while 1,665 fresh positive cases took the tally to 2,29,138.

Of the five deaths, two were reported from Dibrugarh, one each from Barpeta, Cachar and Kamrup (M) districts. 1,347 more COVID-19 patients have died for other reasons so far.

The state currently has 9,048 active cases.

During the day, 297 people recovered from the disease taking the total number of recoveries to 2,17,593.

The 1,665 new positive cases included 674 from Kamrup (M), 125 from Kamrup, 74 from Nagaon and 67 from Dibrugarh district.

Altogether 62,107 samples were tested for COVID-19 during the last 24 hours taking the total number of such tests to 80,25,528.

As many as 14,47,189 people have so far received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine across the state, while 3,66,510 people got the second dose.

Meanwhile, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that the state government will order closure of educational institutions in Guwahati and defer HSLC and Higher Secondary (HS) examinations if the daily caseload of COVID-19 positive surpasses the 1000 mark in Kamrup (Metro) district.

However, the students have been asked to keep preparing for the examinations as the government would try to hold the examinations as far as possible.

On the other hand, travelers from outside the state, including those from the state who return from other parts of the country, will have to undergo compulsory COVID-19 test and home quarantine of seven days on arrival. Those who will have to be quarantined in hotels will have to bear the cost themselves.

Government officials and those traveling for medical reasons, and people with bereavement cases shall however be exempted.

The number of COVID testing centres in the city will be increased to 60 to cater to every ward of Guwahati. The number of vaccinations centres will also be increased.

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The state government will procure two crore (one crore each from Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech) doses of COVID vaccines with funds from the Assam Arogya Nidhi very soon, order of which has already been placed with Bharat Biotech.

Moreover, a 100-bedded COVID hospital at College of Veterinary Science Ground here will  be started soon. Besides, the number of intensive care unit beds at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital will be increased to 81 and there will be 24 at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital here.

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