Guwahati: Guwahati city, Assam's worst-hit when it comes to COVID-19 cases, has registered 134 more cases on Friday, June 4.
"365 new COVID-19 positive cases detected today. Out of the total cases today, 134 were reported from Guwahati city. Take proper precautions and care to stay safe", Assam finance and health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma. This is a significantly lesser number than a day earlier, when 238 COVID-19 positive cases (out of 479 total) were detected in the city. With the detection of these fresh cases, the total number of positive cases in Assam has risen to 9,434, out of which 3,311 are active cases.
📌Alert ~ 479 new #COVID19+ cases detected today. Out of these, 238 cases were reported from Guwahati City alone.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 2, 2020
Request people to take proper precautions.
↗️Total cases 9434
↗️Active cases 3311
11:50 PM/ July 02/ Day's total 479#AssamCovidCount pic.twitter.com/71eK7UcKhA
This development has been reported at a time when the state's health officials are working around the clock to arrest the spread of the virus in Guwahati, which has quickly emerged as the biggest COVID-19 hub in the entire Northeast Indian region. Taking stock of the situation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has urged the state health department led by Sarma to increase the number of tests to 10,000 each day. Taking a step in this regard, the Assam Government has procured 2 lakh antigen testing kits, while at the same setting up a plasma bank in its GMCH to treat the more severe cases.
Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 tally has touched 6,48,315 with the biggest single-day increase of 22,771 cases, the latest data from the Union Health Ministry shows. The country also witnessed 442 deaths during the period, taking the total number of death count to 18,655. The number of recoveries stands at 3,94,227. The recovery rate has improved to 60.80 percent.