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Guwahati: 144 coronavirus cases "without travel history" detected since June 15

Himanta Biswa Sarma made the admission that 144 coronavirus cases has been detected since the targetted surveillance in Guwahati


Sentinel Digital Desk

Guwahati: Assam Finance and Health Minister today said that since June 15, 144 Covid-19 positive cases have been detected "without travel history at the community level."

"During the second phase of the detections, we were getting cases without any travel history. We had appealed people to come forward for tests", Sarma said,

Sarma also added that on an average, 400-500 people have been going for regular screening at the facilities that have been opened up to collect samples to be tested in the city. "Nobody had said anything for them, people are coming due to their own anxiety. Out of these, we got 114 positive cases. If they had not come forward, we would not have gotten these cases.

"If this spike continues, we will detect 200-300 cases daily. Yesterday only, we had detected more than 100 cases in the city. If we receive such a huge number of cases on a daily basis, it will be a matter of great concern", the Minister said.

Sarma said that the connection with Fancy Bazar is a 'common thread' in these cases. "Fancy Bazar is a common cause of concern. Additionally, Pandu, Maligaon, Machkhowa, Fancy Bazar, and the 15, 16 wards have emerged as coronavirus hotspots in the city", he said.

7 wards, Sarma said, have emerged as sites of concern for the Assam Health department in the aftermath of the outbreak. "These are Ward no. 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, and 16", Sarma informed, adding, "these areas have become matters of great concern."

It needs mention here that India has over 4.25 lakh coronavirus cases, recording the biggest single-day jump of 445 deaths. The rise in cases has taken the country's tally to 4,25,282 while the death count rose to 13,699, according to the Union Health Ministry data this morning. 14,821 fresh cases were reported in the last 24 hours. However, there has been a steady improvement in the recovery rate with 55.77 percent of the Covid-19 patients having recovered so far.

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