Guwahati: Assam finance and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said that the COVID-19 death rate in Assam has not climbed as high as has been predicted by the Central Government.
Speaking on the sidelines of a plasma donation drive organized by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sarma stated that although the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state is nearing the 7,000-case mark, the fatality rate has not reached the mark predicted by the Central Government.
"The COVID-19 death rate has not risen in the manner that the Central had predicted. The Centre had asked us to arrange oxygen, ICU, etc, to prepare us for a boom in cases. We prepared beforehand, and thus, we have been able to overcome the hurdle without facing the worst-case scenario for the time being. However, only time will tell what lies ahead", Sarma stated.
It is to be noted that on many as 8 COVID-19 patients in Assam died from the respiratory disease, taking the death toll in the state up to 169.
"Demise of 8 COVID patients~Late Dhaneshwar Sinha (78) of K'ganj; Late Biswajit Kar (53) of Cachar; Late Anita Biswas (47) Late Bipul Saikia (53) Late Bholanath Das (39) Late Sofiquddin Laskar (58) of D'garh; Late Khogesori Devi (53) of L'pur; Late Mangal C Ray (43) of B'gaon", health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote in a tweet.
On the same day, 2,976 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in the state out of a total of 61,318 tests that were performed.
The highest number was detected in the Kamrup (Metro) district which reported 418 cases of the virus. Yesterday's COVID-19 positivity rate was 4.55%, which is within the permissible levels, as per the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Covid-19 tally in India crossed the 2.4 million mark after 65,553 fresh cases were registered within a span of 24 hours. On Friday, the overall tally rose to 2,461,190 while the death toll stood at 48,040.