The Covid situation is set to peak in Assam, with a positivity rate hovering between 8 and 10 percent everyday. Not only is the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases increasing for the past few days but the death toll is surging too - making the scenario in the state very dangerous and vulnerable at the same time.
While addressing the media on April 26, at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) Himanta Biswa Sarma also claimed that Assam is an oxygen surplus state. He also included saying that Assam currently has a surplus of over 40 MT of oxygen even with the rise in the number of COVID-19 positive cases. Sarma added,"The daily oxygen production capacity of the state has increased to 61 MT tonnes as against consumption of 20 MT per day."
Though Assam may be a 'surplus state' in terms of oxygen generation, however, the state has been reporting huge numbers of COVID-19 cases everyday. The situation continues to be most alarming in the state capital Guwahati that falls under Kamrup (Metropolitan) district with cases numbering more than a thousand being reported everyday.
The Health Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma also took to Twitter on Tuesday, May 4, to say that the COVID-19 situation in Assam is "a little alarming" with nearly 5,000 positive cases being reported everyday.
As the state witnesses a spike in Covid-19 cases.The Assam government has issued fresh guidelines to contain the spread of virus. The new restrictions came into force from Wednesday, May 5 and will remain in place until further notice. As per the guidelines, if the Covid-19 positivity rate reaches 10 percent or if the bed occupancy of ICUs and oxygen supported beds reach 60 percent in a given city or marked geographical area, that area may be declared as a ‘containment zone’ by the district magistrate.
Also with the death toll rising everyday in Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday night, May 5, visited the Ulubari cremation ground and met the bereaving family members. He also took to his Twitter handle to share the pictures of his visit and said, “Unfortunate that it is there are those who are losing their near & dear ones. To ensure that those who leave for heavenly abode get the dignity that they deserve, I visited Ulubari Smasan (cremation ground) in Guwahati & met the bereaving family members. My prayers & condolences”.
It is to be mentioned that Assam on Thursday, May 6, reported 46 COVID-19 fatalities, and earlier on Wednesday, May 5, reported 55 fatalities, which is the highest single-day deaths, pushing the coronavirus death toll to 1,485. The state also registered 4,936 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, May 6, which took the tally to upwards of 273k.