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598 ICU Beds and 398 Ventilators Available in Assam for Covid-19 Fight: Govt

Assam Government data reveals that approximately 26,621 persons can be kept in mass quarantine centres.

AssamHimanta Biswa Sarma inspects an ICU facility at the JMCH, Jorhat

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 May 2020 6:36 AM GMT


Assam Government data reveals that for its roughly 3.55 crore citizens, the state has a total of 595 ICU beds and 398 ventilators (in Government and private hospitals, combined) to tackle the threat of the Covid-19 as the pandemic continues to wreaked havoc on lives and economies.

According to data disclosed by the Government on May 22, approximately 26,621 persons can be kept in mass quarantine centres meant for holding persons "who are asymptomatic but suspected." Additionally, 3,338 isolation beds are available or treating critically ill patients, informed the Government.

Screenings and Cases:

According to Government reports, a total of 37,164 passengers have been screed at airports since the pandemic landed on our shores. Additionally, a total of 41,414 passengers have been screened at the Land Ports such as Darranga in Baksa, Mankachar (South Salmara), and Sutarkandi in Karimhanj. It is worth mentioning here that out of 266 positive cases, 4 people -- 1 each from Hailakandi, Kamrup (M), Tinsukia, and Kamrup (R) have died from Covid-19 related complications. At the same time, 54 patients have been discharged after recovery, and 3 patients have been migrated out.

Government data also reveals that till date, 5,78,124 people have been surveyed and 57,436 gram sabha meetings were conducted in bordering districts in order to discuss issues relating to the crisis period.

Contact Tracing in Assam:

According to the Assam Government, as of May 22, 12,614 persons who came in contact with coronavirus patients were identified and tested for the contagion and out of those, 35 persons were identified as carriers.

Testings in Assam Centres:

Assam has seven testing centres, where cases are being conducted on a regular basis. In the last few days, the number of tests have been ramped up to 1,000-1,200 per day, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday. Here is the break up of tests conducted per lab:

16,437 samples were sent to the Virological Lab at the GMCH for testing and out of those, 108 were found positive while 14,852 tested negative.

6,853 samples were sent to the RMRC in Dibrugarh's Lahowal and out of those samples, 34 were found positive while 6,822 were negative.

Likewise, 5,148 samples were tested at the JMCH in Jorhat and 44 samples were found positive for the virus, while 5,106 were found negative.

4,961 samples were sent to the SMCH in Silchar and out of them, 22 samples were found positive for the Covid-19 and 4,877 samples tested negative.

13,645 samples were sent to the FAAMCH in Barpeta and out of them, 20 samples were found positive and 10,813 samples were found negative.

6,050 samples were tested at the TMCH in Sonitpur and 21 samples have tested positive, while 5,789 people have tested negative.

2,695 samples were tested at the AMCH in Dibrugarh and out of them, 10 were found positive for the virus and 2,189 were tested negative.

Impact in India:

The virus that was first detected in the markets of Wuhan in China, has so far infected 125,101 Indians since it landed on our shores. The death toll related to the respiratory disease stands at 3,720 on Saturday after 137 people succumbed in the last 24 hours, the health ministry's Covid-19 data showed. As Governments across the world are in a mad scramble to discover a vaccine to stop the virus in its tracks, the Indian Government seems to have used the nationwide lockdown as its primary weapon to contain the outbreak. The lockdown, that places several restrictions on day-to-day activities, is in its fourth phase which will come to an end on May 31.

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