On Thursday, 75 Covid-related deaths were reported, taking the number of casualties to 304 in the last four days. Though the number of daily cases has marginally dropped to 5,468 from 5,657 cases the previous day, the positivity rate has gone up from 8.85% to 9.18%. The recovery rate stood almost static at 85.59%.
Though chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had insisted on carrying out about 1 lakh Covid tests daily, the number declined to 59,594 on Thurdsay against 63,956 tests done across the state on Wednesday.
The most notable improvement of the day was a fall of around 300 daily cases in Kamrup (Metropolitan) district that covers the Guwahati city areas. In Kamrup (Metropolitan), 1,173 new cases were detected on Thursday, which has been lowest in about the last two weeks. “After a week of announcement of containment zones in several municipal wards in Guwahati, the number of daily cases has come down. The downward trend in cases in and around the city is definitely an effect of the containment directive. Moreover, rigorous testing has been done in the district,” said Kamrup (Metropolitan) additional deputy commissioner Sharmistha Borah.
The state scenario of the second wave, however, remains uncertain. Though the number of daily cases has been hovering between 5,000-6,000 for most of the days over the last one week, senior health officials refused to come to a conclusion on Covid-19 cases hitting a plateau in the state. Instead, director of medical education, Assam, Dr Anup Kumar Barman, told TOI that the health department’s prediction is that Assam may reach the peak of second wave in about next two weeks if people don’t restrain their movement.
“It is still too early to comment that daily cases and deaths are going to come down in the next few days. It’s an evolving situation. Our prediction says the highest number of positive cases may be reported in Assam during the third or fourth week of May,” he said. Health minister Keshab Mahanta on Thursday reviewed the Covid situation in Bongaigaon district in the presence of DC, SP and other officials. Mahanta also visited the Bongaigaon Civil Hospital and instructed health officials to complete the ICU unit on a war footing.
During his lower Assam trip, the health minister visited SMK Civil Hospital in Nalbari district and Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College (FAAMCH) in Barpeta, where instructions were given to soon install an oxygen plant. Also, a review meeting was held with DCs, SPs and other officials of the districts.