Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Assam reports 707 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths

Assam has reported 707 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in the last five months, and two persons have died due to the infection during the past 24 hours, according to the National Health Mission (NHM) bulletin on Friday.
The two deaths took place in Darrang and Kamrup Metro districts pushing the toll in the disease has now increased to 6645, while another 1347 coronavirus positive patients have died in the state due to other reasons since April, 2020, the bulletin said.
The total number of affected now stands at 7,28,616 and the positivity rate has increased to 11.55 per cent during the last 24 hours from the previous day’s 10.75 per cent, it said.
The 707 new cases were detected from 6,123 tests conducted during the last 24 hours. The number of active cases have increased to 3150 as against the previous day’s 2584 while 139 patients were discharged during the day.
Jorhat reported the highest number of 93 cases, followed by 69 in Kamrup Metro, 67 in Dibrugarh and 58 in Goalpara.
A total of 7,17,472 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far and the recovery rate is 98.47 per cent.
Free Covid precautionary dose for 18-59 yrs
Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Keshab Mahanta on Friday formally launched the free precautionary dose of COVID vaccine for people in the 18 to 59 age group under a 75 days special drive as a part of the Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The health minister, along with Guwahati (West) AGP MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita, launched the programme at the Primary health centre at Azara here.
Mahanta urged all in the age group of 18-59 to take the vaccine and be protected against the virus.
Following the formal launch here, the Deputy Commissioners also started the drive in their respective districts. Mahanta said that the necessary directives have been issued to all the district administrations to ensure that the maximum number of people are covered under the drive. He said that the state has high percentage of coverage for the first two doses which has ensured that though the number of cases has registered an increase, the death rate is practically negligible.
Assam has witnessed a surge in COVID cases since the last month with 707 new cases and two deaths reported during the last 24 hours. Altogether 4,69,94,679 doses of vaccines, including 2,45,84,811 first doses, 2,15,14,882 second doses and 8,94,986 precautionary doses have been administered so far.


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