Guwahati, Sept 18: Two more people died of COVID-19 in Assam on Saturday, taking the death toll to 5,790, while the number of coronavirus cases has risen to 5,97,709 with 365 new cases. It said that two deaths due to the infection were recorded in Jorhat and Nagaon. The current mortality rate is 0.97 per cent, and 1,347 COVID-positive patients have died due to other diseases.
Of the new cases, 97 were reported from Kamrup Metro, 32 from Jorhat, 27 from Golaghat and 21 from Barpeta. The state now has 3,716 active cases, down from the previous day’s 3,818, and 465 people were cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 5,86,856. The recovery rate of coronavirus patients in the state stands at 98.18, with new cases detected from 55,861 sample tests, marginally higher than 55,049 conducted on the previous day.
According to the bulletin, the daily positivity rate stood at 0.65 per cent, up from 0.49 per cent on Friday. Assam has so far conducted over 2.29 crore sample tests for COVID-19. The bulletin said that more than 2.18 crore people have been vaccinated and out of them 45.31 lakh people have received the doses of both the vaccines. Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said that the state government has strengthened the infrastructure in its health facilities, which has resulted in better treatment. The government will continue to strengthen the manpower along with improving the medical infrastructure in these facilities.
Sarma was speaking after inaugurating 80 ICU beds, including 40 pediatric patients, at Silchar Medical College and Hospital on the first day of his two-day visit to Barak Valley. “With streamlining of drug procurement, induction of additional manpower and infrastructural development, the health sector has made unprecedented progress in the state. People are getting advanced treatment in all government medical colleges and hospitals.”
Sarma also said that 40 more ICU beds will be added in SMCH under the agreement with Coal India Limited. He said that the Cancer Hospital at Silchar would soon start functioning with the setting up of a 500-bed hospital in the SMCH campus.
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