Assam’s COVID tally crosses 7,000-mark; death toll rises to 10

Guwahati: The number of coronavirus cases in Assam crossed the 7,000-mark on Saturday after 246 more people, including 31 police personnel, tested positive, while the death toll due to the disease rose to 10, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

A man died at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital on Saturday, an official of the National Health Mission, Assam, said.

In a tweet, Sarma said, “Alert ~ 246 new #COVID19+ cases detected in Assam today.”

He also informed that 567 patients recovered from the disease and were discharged from various hospitals across the state.

Assam has reported 7,165 COVID-19 patients, of which 4,814 have been discharged, a daily bulletin of the Assam Health and Family Welfare Department said.

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It said the state has 2,338 active COVID-19 cases.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) G P Singh tweeted, “A SP rank officer of @assampolice and 30 other ranks have tested Covid positive. They are all in good health. We wish them an early and full recovery. We rededicate ourselves to the service of the people of Assam.”

The state has so far tested 3,74,519 samples for COVID-19 across 12 government-run laboratories and a few outsourced centres, the bulletin said.

It said the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases increased to 14.8 days on Friday from 7.9 days on June 11, when there were 3,430 cases.

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The bulletin said 28,574 people are in institutional quarantine facilities, while the total number of persons now tracked in home quarantine stands at 1,26,861.

Assam saw manifold spike in COVID-19 cases after inter-state movement through road, rail and air communication was allowed during the lockdown period.

To screen all the people coming from outside the state, the government has imposed a mandatory institutional quarantine policy for everyone, barring few exceptions.

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